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The Elephants of West Kilimanjaro

  • 08/11/08
  • Paul

It’s too bad elephants aren’t smaller. If they were, perhaps they wouldn’t travel such great distances, and we humans wouldn’t have to drive for so long to map their movements. I spent the entire day bumping through West Kili’s inescapable dust, GPS mapping a snaking network of roads. It’s amazing how tiring all this sitting can be.

I am in northern Tanzania at an AWF research and conservation camp called the West Kilimanjaro Elephant Research Project, or WKERP (we conservationists never shy from a mouthy acronym!).

The West Kilimanjaro area supports more than 600 elephants, and is an important ecological link for elephants traveling between Amboseli National Park in Kenya, down to Arusha and Kilimanjaro National Parks in Tanzania, and out to Lake Natron further west.

[caption id="attachment_105" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="West Kilimanjaro supports a population of 600 elephants and is threatened by land fragmentation."]West Kilimanjaro[/caption]

About the Author

Paul began with AWF based in Nairobi for a year, before moving to Washington DC. Paul has worked at the Madrid Aquarium and at The Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands outside San Francisco. He was born in New Zealand but grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Paul received his B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Management at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. He is a member of the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leadership initiative and is working on a conservation campaign to combat the illegal trade of Asian pangolins. Paul enjoys photography, travel, hikes in the woods, music, and nyama choma.

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