Kenya Sees Elephant Baby Boom: Rare Twins Recorded

An Elephant baby boom was recently experienced in Kenya. 140 elephants were born in the Amboseli National Park…
Elephant baby boom

An Elephant baby boom was recently experienced in Kenya. 140 elephants were born in the Amboseli National Park in Kenya in just a single calving period. The number of calves born in this park is very surprising.

This event could be attributed to the heavy rainfall that has resulted in rich vegetation and no tourist interruptions. The Wildlife Service in Kenya has witnessed a spike in poaching despite the death in tourists.

It has been a difficult year for all of us but there is still much to celebrate. Here in Amboseli, elephants are thriving. 140 beautiful calves have been born in 2020 and more are expected.

Winnie Kiiru

According to the Kenya Wildlife Service, the elephant population in the country has doubled from the year 1989 to date. This event records the highest birth for Kenya’s Pachyderms. Najib Balala, the minister for Tourism & Wildlife said that the authorities have managed to control poaching in Kenya in the past years.

You can also read: Elephant populations in Kenya double since 1989

The announcement revealed that two of the newborns were twins, this is a very rare case. This announcement was made on August 12, World Elephant Day. This elephant baby boom has increased the number of elephants in Kenya.

When the Amboseli Trust for Elephants’ director, Cynthia Moss met with AA News, she said that

It seems baby elephants are falling out of the sky. The ability of a female to conceive and carry a calf to term depends greatly on her own physical condition.

Cynthia Moss

During drought years, it is always difficult for female elephants to get enough milk supply for their calves even if the park is as large as that of the Yellowstone which is 3,100 square miles/ 8,000 Sq.km. However, this year’s rainfall has made it very easy as it has brought abundant vegetation, and supporting the newborns has become very easy.

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