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Covid-19 leads to a boom in births among Amboseli elephants

Covid-19 leads to a boom in births among Amboseli elephants

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions put in place to contain it, it was noted how much the reduction of human activities had affected the animal world. We have seen photos of deer and wild boar in the inhabited centers, ducks parading with their young in the streets and all sorts of animals taking back those spaces in a certain sense “stolen” by man. And the same positive effect occurred in Amboseli national park in Kenya, where they have been since the beginning of the pandemic about 140 elephants were born.

Rain and pandemic have led to a dramatic increase in elephant births in Amboseli National Park

In fact, it was also an accomplice to this incredible increase in births the absence of tourists, blocked by restrictions to combat Covid-19. The abundant rains which allowed the vegetation to grow abundantly, among other things undisturbed by tourists, making sure that there was plenty of food for the animals, especially for the elephants and their cubs. These are the main reasons for the extraordinary increase in births according to one of the leaders of the‘Elephant Protection Initiative Foundation, Winniw Kiiru.

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The increased availability of food has in fact made the elephantesses much stronger and, according to the director of the Amboseli national park, Cynthia Moss, “A female’s ability to conceive and carry a pregnancy depends a lot on her physical condition.” You have therefore risen well 140 membersthe number of elephants protected in Amboseli National Park, a protected natural area established in 1974 under the presidency of Jomo Kenyatta.

The Amboseli park area it was inhabited since the seventeenth century by nomadic Masai shepherds, who called it Empusel which in the Masai language means “salty and dusty place”. The park is located in Kajiado County, in the southern part of Kenya on the border with Tanzania. The territory of the park occupies an area of ​​approximately 39,000 hectares. Inside the park there are different environments ranging from the dry bed of Lake Ambosel to wetlands with sulfur springs, savannah and woods. All dominated from the imposing Kilimanjaro.

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