We are drawn to elephants by their beauty, intelligence, and remarkably human-like behavior. But protecting them raises complicated questions about habitat destruction, criminality and corruption. Elephants consume enormous volumes of vegetation and trample undergrowth. Their coveted ivory tusks are a criminal currency. What do elephants teach us about rule of law, ecological conservation, and corruption?
I am an experienced trainer and researcher at the Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute, with a focus on wildlife conservation and habitat management. I have published research in the field of elephant conservation and population management, population dynamics, geographical information systems and remote sensing. I hold a Master’s Degree in Environmental Planning and Management from Kenyatta University, and have worked at KWS since 2008.
Protecting wildlife starts with understanding it, and not only the creature, but it’s migration patterns, diet, water resources, climate. The loss of a species is not an isolated loss, but indicates the deterioration of a whole system. We must protect that whole system to sustain the species.