RANGER WITH TUSKS OF ELEPHANT KILLED AT THE HANDS OF MAN, AMBOSELI, 2011
I find it hard to imagine the living elephant that possessed these tusks. I’ve never seen elephants with tusks anything like this size, and now, I never will. They are all gone, dead, almost all killed by man for their ivory.
The elephant was killed by poachers in Tsavo in southern Kenya in 2004. His tusks were stored in Kenya Wildlife Service’s ivory strongroom. In July 2011, they permitted me to borrow these and many other tusks of elephants killed at the hands of man for the ranger series. .
The ranger in this photo works for Big Life Foundation (@biglifeafrica), the non-profit organization that I co-founded with Richard Bonham in 2010 to help protect and preserve the wild animals of the Amboseli-Tsavo-Kilimanjaro ecosystem.
Now, 8 years later, Big Life protects over 1.6 million acres with more than 200 rangers in 36 permanent and mobile outposts. With the aid of multiple patrol vehicles, tracker dogs, night vision equipment and aerial monitoring, this new level of co-ordinated protection for the ecosystem has brought about a dramatic reduction in poaching of ALL animals in the region, with numerous arrests of some of the worst, most prolific poachers.
But it is not easy to maintain this success. Big Life needs financial support. So please go to http://www.biglife.org to learn more, and donate.
The photograph is featured in “Across The Ravaged Land”, available on Amazon.
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