Suyian was the first elephant rescued by the reteti elephant sanctuary which is located within in the namunyak wildlife conservancy.
the mathews range, where namunyak is situated, is home to africa's second-largest elephant population. community-based wildlife keepers there are working to rehabilitate abandoned and orphaned elephants in order to eventually return them to the nearby wild herds.
in this sense, community based conservation is likely to be the only viable alternative for vast tracts of africa, in the parts beyond agriculture and where big animals and nomadic pastoralists still make their home. this elephant sanctuary is the culmination of a two-decades long process of tipping conservation upon its head, protecting wildlife for, and not just from, people. in that sense the sanctuary is as much about people as it’s about elephants.
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