The Human Elephant Conflict (HEC) in Kenya is a contemporary conservation challenge after poaching decimated the elephant population from 165,000 in 1973 to a mere 16,000 in 1990 – a 90% loss.
However, the elephant population has been recovering and re-establishing in their former ranges and habitats which are being lost to farming and human settlement.
WWF has supported the Kenyan Government in finalising the Wildlife Act 2013. It has also helped to develop a National Elephant Conservation and Management Strategy 2012 -20121 to address the threats facing elephants through a consultative process.
The program goal is to ensure that in 25 years, elephants and people live and thrive side by side in the Serengeti – Mara Landscape.