Kenya’s elephant population has more than doubled in 30 years.
Experts believe the increase in population is due to the mission to stop poaching.
In 1989 there were just 16,000 elephants in Kenya. By 2018 that number had increased to 34,000.
Kenya’s tourism minister, Najib Balala, said: “In the past couple of years, we have managed to tame poaching in this country.”
“This year alone, about 170 elephant calves have been born.”
So far seven elephants have been killed by poaching in 2020. However, this compares well because there were 34 in 2019 and 80 in 2018.
Kenya has taken a much tougher approach to poaching in recent years.
Anyone caught poaching wildlife or smuggling wildlife trophies in Kenya will either receive a heavy fine or could be sent to jail.
However, things aren’t so good across Africa as a whole. The continent was home to 1.3 million elephants in the 1970s, but today only half a million remain.