Elephants on the move in Kenya

Yahoo News Photo Staff

Wildlife officials in Kenya kicked off a relocation operation for 30 elephants on Wednesday, fitting monitoring collars on the tranquilized animals before using cranes to swing them, inverted with bound feet and scything tusks, onto flatbed trucks.

Kenya has several thousand elephants, who face threats such as ivory poachers and habitat loss, but they often raid crops and farms as they migrate between parks, angering villagers who rely on the produce to feed their families.

The Kenya Wildlife Service, which transported the animals from Nyeri county, around 200 km (124 miles) north of the capital, Nairobi, to the Tsavo East National Park in a bid to avert such encounters, estimated the operation cost $6 million.

The ranch and the surrounding Lamuria region, home to about 300 elephants, forms part of a migration corridor for the pachyderms between the parks in the country’s Mount Kenyaand Aberdare mountain ranges. (Reuters)

Photography by Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

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<p>Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers load a tranquillized elephant onto a truck during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
Precious cargo is loaded

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers load a tranquillized elephant onto a truck during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

<p>Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Najib Balala takes a selfie during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
Cabinet member takes a selfie

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Najib Balala takes a selfie during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

<p>Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers prepare to load a tranquillized elephant on to a truck during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
Tranquillized elephant

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers prepare to load a tranquillized elephant on to a truck during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

<p>Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers transport a tranquillized elephant during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
Transport begins

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers transport a tranquillized elephant during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

<p>A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) ranger controls residents during an elephant translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
Residents watch activities

A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) ranger controls residents during an elephant translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

<p>Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers load a tranquillized elephant onto a truck during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
Hoisting away an elephant

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers load a tranquillized elephant onto a truck during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

<p>A tranquillized elephant is seen in a cage during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
Sleeping giant

A tranquillized elephant is seen in a cage during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

<p>A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) veterinary takes blood samples of a tranquillised elephant during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
Veterinarian takes blood

A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) veterinary takes blood samples of a tranquillised elephant during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

<p>A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) veterinary monitors the breathing of a tranquillized elephant during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
vets monitor the elephants breathing

A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) veterinary monitors the breathing of a tranquillized elephant during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

<p>Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers prepare to load a tranquillized elephant during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
Rangers prepare for elephant

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers prepare to load a tranquillized elephant during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

<p>Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers load a tranquillized elephant onto a truck during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
Elephant translocation exercise

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers load a tranquillized elephant onto a truck during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

<p>A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) veterinary monitors the breathing of a tranquillized elephant during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
Elephants is bleeding from dart

A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) veterinary monitors the breathing of a tranquillized elephant during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

<p>Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers load a tranquillized elephant onto a truck during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
Elephant loaded on the truck

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers load a tranquillized elephant onto a truck during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

<p>Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers stand guard during an elephant translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
Rangers guard cargo

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers stand guard during an elephant translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

<p>A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) veterinary monitor the breathing of a tranquillized elephant during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
KWS veterinary team at work

A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) veterinary monitor the breathing of a tranquillized elephant during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

<p>Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers transport a tranquillized elephant during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
Elephants being relocated

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers transport a tranquillized elephant during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio Ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

<p>Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Nabjib Balala (C) and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers load a tranquillized elephant on to a truck during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters) </p>
Rangers load a tranquillized elephant

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Nabjib Balala (C) and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers load a tranquillized elephant on to a truck during a translocation exercise to Ithumba Camp in Tsavo East National Park, in Solio ranch in Nyeri County, Kenya, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

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