Kenya Game Rangers

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10 Jun 2013 10:00

The Joint mass of Tsavo West and Tsavo East National Parks forms one of the largest National parks in the world and covers a massive 4% of Kenya’s total land area. Tsavo East the larger of the two, lies to the east of the Nairobi –Mombasa road, equidistant between Nairobi and Mombasa, and offers a vast and untapped arena of arid bush which is washed by azure and emerald meandering of Galana River. Guarded by the limitless lava reaches of Yatta plateau and patrolled by some of the largest elephant herds in Kenya

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KENYA GAME RANGERS - Article
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
10 Jun 2013

The Tsavo East National Park together with the Tsavo West National Park forms one of the largest National parks in the world and covers a massive 4% of Kenya’s total land area. Tsavo East the larger of the two, lies to the east of the Nairobi –Mombasa road and offers a vast and untapped arena of arid bush which is washed by azure and emerald meandering of Galana River. Guarded by the limitless lava reaches of Yatta plateau and patrolled by some of the largest elephant herds in Kenya

In January 2013 eleven elephants were killed by poachers and in 2012 figures indicate that up to 350 elephants were killed by poachers in the entire Kenya. The most elephants killed since the catastrophic 1980's.

Kenya Wildlife Services have launched a joint operation with other security agencies to drive livestock out of all national parks. Since tourists visit national parks to view wildlife, droves of livestock now grazing there negate this purpose. Furthermore, areas experiencing livestock incursion, account for majority of poaching incidence reported this year. The operation will also try to net suspected poachers masquerading as livestock herders especially in Tsavo Conservation Area.

Kenya Wildlife Rangers is the last line of defence for the wildlife of the area and they are constantly on patrol in the park. They have to endure extremely tough conditions , battling poachers armed with assault rifles, wildlife and exposure to the elements. A ranger typically stay inside the park away from their families for three months at a time often in isolation for weeks at a time as they man observation post all over the park.

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (1 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
07 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Ranger Sgt. Benson Epae clean his gun at a temporarily base in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 7 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (2 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
09 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Rangers question Somali herders as they move their cattle just outside the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 9 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (3 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
09 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Rangers question Kenyan Somali herders as they move their cattle just outside the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 9 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (4 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
09 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Rangers from the anti poaching unit chase cattle grazing inside the park in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 9 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (5 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
09 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Rangers from the anti poaching unit chase cattle grazing inside the park in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 9 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (6 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
06 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Rangers after they discovered an illegal charcoal burning sight in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 6 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (7 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
09 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Ranger Stephen Lewagat from the anti poaching unit during a patrol in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 9 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (8 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
09 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Rangers from the anti poaching unit during a patrol in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 9 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (9 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
06 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Ranger Sgt. Benson Epae from the anti poaching unit look at an elephant that was killed by poachers with a poison arrow three weeks ago in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 6 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (10 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
05 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Rangers from the anti poaching unit prepare lunch during a patrol in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 5 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (11 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
05 Jun 2013

A elephant can be seen in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 5 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (12 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
07 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Ranger Stephen Lewagat from the anti poaching unit during a patrol in Tsavo East game park in Kenya 7 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (13 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
06 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Ranger Nixon Simotwo from the anti poaching unit clean his boots at a temporally base in Tsavo East game park in Kenya 6 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (14 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
06 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Ranger Stephen Lewagat from the anti poaching unit relax at a temporally base in Tsavo East game park in Kenya 6 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (15 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
09 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Rangers question Kenyan Somali herders as they move their cattle just outside the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 9 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (16 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
09 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Rangers question Somali herders as they move their cattle just outside the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 9 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (17 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
09 Jun 2013

Exhausted Kenyan Somali herders sleep as they move their cattle just outside the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 9 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (18 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
09 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Rangers from the anti poaching unit chase cattle grazing inside the park out through a fence in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 9 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (19 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
05 Jun 2013

A solar panel charge radio batteries at a Kenya Wildlife Ranger observation point in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 5 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (20 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
09 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Ranger Sgt.Benson Epae gesture to fellow rangers as they approach a illegal charcoal sight in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 9 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (21 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
09 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Ranger Stephen Lewagat from the anti poaching unit during a patrol in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 9 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (22 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
09 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Rangers from the anti poaching unit during a patrol in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 9 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (23 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
08 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Range Gafo Enos from the anti poaching unit during a patrol on the back of a truck in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 8 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (24 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
06 Jun 2013

The remains of an elephant that was killed by poachers with a machine gun around four weeks ago in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 6 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (25 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
06 Jun 2013

An elephant that was killed by poachers with a poison arrow three weeks ago in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 6 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (26 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
06 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Ranges from the anti poaching unit look at an elephant that was killed by poachers with a poison arrow three weeks ago in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 6 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (27 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
06 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Ranger Sgt.Benson Epae from the anti poaching unit look at an elephant that was killed by poachers with a poison arrow three weeks ago in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 6 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (28 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
06 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Rangers from the anti poaching unit look at an elephant that was killed by poachers with a poison arrow three weeks ago in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 6 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (29 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
06 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Rangers from the anti poaching unit look at an elephant that was killed by poachers with a poison arrow three weeks ago in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 6 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (30 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
05 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Ranger Sgt. Gafo Enos from the anti poaching unit look for tracks at the fence separating the Tsavo East game park from ranches in Kenya 5 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (31 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
05 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Ranger Nixon Simotwo from the anti poaching unit prepare lunch during a patrol in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 5 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (32 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
05 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Ranger Stephen Lewagat from the anti poaching uni question a Kenya Somali herdsman on the edge of the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 5 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (33 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
05 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Ranger Gafo Enos , left, and Gilbert Kosher from the anti poaching pose at their tent at a observation base in Tsavo East game park in Kenya 5 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (34 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
05 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Ranger Sgt. Benson Nadio from the anti poaching unit brief rangers ahead of a patrol at a temporarily base in Tsavo East game park in Kenya 5 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (35 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
07 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Ranger Stephen Lewagat from the anti poaching unit during a patrol in Tsavo East game park in Kenya 7 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (36 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
07 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Ranger Stephen Lewagat from the anti poaching unit pose for a picture in Tsavo East game park in Kenya 7 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (37 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
07 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Ranger Nelson Munga from the anti poaching unit pose for a picture in Tsavo East game park in Kenya 7 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (38 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
07 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Ranger Nixon Simotwo from the anti poaching unit pose for a picture in Tsavo East game park in Kenya 7 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO

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KENYA GAME RANGERS (39 of 40)
Tsavo East, Kenya
By Karel Prinsloo
07 Jun 2013

Kenya Wildlife Ranger Gafo Enos from the anti poaching unit pose for a picture in Tsavo East game park in Kenya 7 June 2013. PHOTO/KAREL PRINSLOO