Photographer's Note

Like many places on earth, Amboseli has a finely tuned ecosystem and one which plays host to an amazing variety of wildlife. As a lover of elephants I was thrilled to see such large herds. The pair pictured here is enjoying the fresh water and grasses of one of the swamps in the park.

The swamps and springs provide the permanent watering places for the park's animals, are fed by underground rivers created by the melting snows of the Kilimanjaro. A cause of concern is that, due to global warming the snows of Kilimanjaro are melting at an increased pace and may disappear altogether. One wonders what this will mean for the elephants.

Meanwhile, by some freak of nature, the changing climatic conditions of the park, the rising water table and an accompanying increase in soil salinity have combined to create the large expanses of desert.

Increasing numbers of elephants, thanks to conservation and a plus for elephant conservationists, is not such a great thing for the park.

The pachyderms which have been drawn in great numbers to the park by the protective sanctuary of the swamps and marshes, have in their wake wreaked havoc on the little vegetation there was, uprooting and/or pulling down trees.

In recognition of this factor interested parties have come together in probably what is the most ambitious project of its sort in Kenya. The aim of the Amboseli Reforestation Project as the name implies, is to reclaim the dry empty plains by planting trees on them. One million acacia and other indigenous tree species are to be planted during the next 30 to 50 years.

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