Saturday was a good and bad day for elephants and the people who love and strive to protect them.
While thousands of compassionate people throughout the world spent October 7th, 2017 participating in the annual Global March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions, which aims to save the lives of these majestic species by putting an end to the ivory, rhino horn and lion bone trade; one of the last big elephant bulls in Africa, tragically, and questionably, was killed.
Little Male, a 49-year-old elephant and member of the popular EB family who resided in Amboseli was shot and killed by authorities because it was “suspected” he killed a farmer.
Per Amboseli Elephants, Little Male was the brother of Eudora, and son of Emily, who was the sister of Echo from the Famous EB family. Many have known Little Male since he was five years old and followed his life for 44 years. They have watched him grow, become independent from his family, learn the ways of the world, eventually coming into musth and competing for females. He was in his prime, fathering calves, passing on his good genes for robustness, good health and longevity.
That important role he was playing in the Amboseli elephant population sadly ended on Oct. 7th.
It is times like these that we are tempted to give up but we don’t. It hurts so much, but we have to fight for the other elephants here including Little Male’s sons and daughters.
But we must not forget the death of the farmer. It is a massive tragedy for his family. It is not a question of guilt and innocence here. We must strive for peaceful co-existence between humans and wildlife.
The Amboseli Trust for Elephants aims to ensure the long-term conservation and welfare of Africa’s elephants in the context of human needs and pressures through scientific research, training, community outreach, public awareness and advocacy.
Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, located in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, is home to one of the most famous families of elephants in the world – the EB elephants. The matriarch of the herd, Echo, was easily recognized by her distinctive long, crossed tusks. Cynthia Moss began research on the EBs and other elephants in Amboseli in 1973.
Today the Amboseli Elephant Research Project is the longest running study of wild African elephants anywhere in Africa.
Research from the project has provided valuable insights into the behaviour and intelligence of African elephants.
Per The March For Elephants And Rhinos Facebook page, on Oct 7th We Marched Against Extinction and demand governments take action to stop the poaching of elephants and rhinos and end the trade in ivory and rhino horn.
“It’s difficult to convey our profound sadness at learning that while so many of our Kenyan friends were preparing to march for the survival of elephants and rhinos on October 7th, this magnificent 49-year-old bull, Little Male, was shot and killed by authorities that morning. Little Male was “suspected” of killing a farmer.”
“We’re sorrowful and extend our condolences to the farmer’s family, but it’s unclear what good could possibly be achieved by retaliating and killing one of Africa’s last big bulls.
The Amboseli Trust for Elephants had studied Little Male for 44 years, since he was 5 years old, they stated that Little Male’s death is an enormous loss to all who knew him and to the Amboseli ecosystem and elephant population.
Like many people, we too have unanswered questions about Little Male’s killing, and hope that more details are forthcoming. We also hope that more productive, non-lethal solutions are employed in human-elephant conflicts.
Little Male is no more. He leaves behind sons and daughters; may they all grow and live in a more peaceful world. May we all.
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