Elephants really are some of the most interesting and unique mammals on our planet, in my opinion. Between their vast size and their gentle, almost timid nature (depending on the situation), it isn’t difficult to determine why so many of us are fond of these lovely creatures.
On the topic of having an appreciation for elephants, there is good news regarding their global presence; “The combination of interruptions in international travel and periods of heavy rainfall has led to Kenyan wildlife officials reporting a recent elephant baby boom,” says an article from The Good News Network.
As for just how many new elephants have made their way into the world?
“In Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, 140 elephants were born in a single calving season–a record in this park known for its breathtaking views of Kilimanjaro and the savanna,” the article explains.
“In drought years, female elephants often can’t find enough food to supply their calves with milk—even in a park that is the size of Yellowstone (3,100 square miles / 8,000 sq. km)—but the rains this year have brought so much vegetation there’s been no problem supporting the newborns—even twins—as they begin their journey through life,” the article mentions. However, the “Kenya Wildlife Service reported on Wednesday that, from 1989 to today, the nation’s elephant population has more than doubled.”
I think it would be difficult to argue that this is a fine example of some positive news, and this recent report of an increase in the elephant population in Kenya coincides perfectly with World Elephant Day which took place on August 12.
Preserving our worlds animals, specifically those of which are endangered, is of utmost importance, and as an animal lover, I hope to hear of more reports of population increases among different animal groups and populations.
Here’s to elephants.
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