Team Tembo Projects
Tembo Teams - Background
Tsavo Trust works in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), through a valid Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) covering several programs and objectives across the Tsavo Conservation Area (TCA) including enhancing aerial and ground operations as well as wildlife monitoring with a special emphasis on Tsavo’s iconic “Super Tuskers”.
The TCA spans a massive 40,000 square kilometers (22,000 square kilometers of National Park alone) and harbour’s immense biodiversity. The TCA holds the single largest population of elephants in Kenya – just over 11,000 animals at the last aerial census (February 2014) – and arguably the world’s last viable population and gene pool of elephants carrying exceptionally large and long ivory.
Tembo 1 and Tembo 2 Teams - Tsavo East
Following the death of the iconic Tusker known as “Satao” in May 2014 (via a poachers poisoned arrow), the Tsavo Trust established a mobile Tusker monitoring ground unit called Tembo 2 team in October 2014 as a follow on to Tembo 1 ground unit (established in June 2014).
Tembo 3 and Tembo 4 teams - Tsavo West and Conservancy Areas
With additional funding support the Tsavo Trust has established and deployed a further 2 more mobile field based monitoring teams – Tembo 3 and Tembo 4 teams. For the reasons shown above this is a vital extra component in order to tackle the ever-growing pressure on elephant populations but also essential if the big Super Tuskers of Tsavo are to survive and pass on their unique and rare ivory genes to further generations.