A herd of elephants must leave a wildlife park in southern England to be flown to Kenya where they will be re-introduced into the wild, an operation presented on July 6, 2021 as “first in the world“from the Aspinall Foundation, which organizes it.
Herd of 25 tons
This conservation association, whose Carrie Johnson, the wife of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is director of communications, intends to take thirteen elephants from Howletts Wildlife Park in 2022, located in Kent, 7,000 kilometers away, in southern Kenya, where two sites are in the studies. The Aspinall Foundation wants to transfer a herd totaling 25 tonnes and whose youngest member Nguvu was born in March 2020. “After years of weighing the benefits and risks, at the Aspinall Foundation we first opted for this unprecedented project and for this real world.“, wrote Carrie Symonds and foundation president Damian Aspinall in newspaper columns. Sun.
Longer lifespan and better well-being
“This is the first time that a breeding herd of elephants has been reintroduced in the wild“, they emphasize, an operation that should allow pachyderms to take advantage of extended life expectancy and better well-being, a life in captivity that causes stress and depression in these animals. The association explains that it will work with poaching teams to ensure long-term survival of the herd. Kenya “.Over time, their descendants will number in the hundreds – then thousands – and become part of an unparalleled ecosystem that helps stimulate Kenya’s tourism economy.“, underlines the duo, hoping this represents”a revolutionary step for this country and for the nature protection movement“The Aspinall Foundation has already reintroduced captive-born animals into its natural habitats such as gorillas, black rhinos, gray gibbons or European bison.