I worked with the Kenyan Wildlife Service and World Wildlife Fund to document the relocation of elephants that were in conflict with Masaai villages outside of Masaai Mara National Park.
When people and wildlife share the same space…
it is usually the wildlife that suffers. The Kenya Wildlife Service regularly relocates elephants that are in conflict with villagers to parks away from the problem.
LIVING WITH ELEPHANTS
… is not easy. The children in this photo are in a hole in their house made by an elephant looking for the family’s grain storage. In the middle of the night, the elephant used its tusks to break through the wall. It crashed through directly over the childrens’ bed while they were sleeping.
In addition to posing problems to villagers, elephants outside of National Parks in Kenya often run afoul of poachers who remove their tusks to sell on the black market.
After donating images to the Elephant Relocation project I created a set of Wildlife Prints to raise further funds for conservation efforts in Kenya.
The prints include images from this work in the Masaai Mara as well as from Samburuland in northern Kenya where I worked with the Grevy’s Zebra Trust.