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Rice University

Publication Date

Spring 2013

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Kenya: Islam and Swahili Cultural Identity


This study provides an overview of the importance of elephants to Kenya and recognizes the issues they face, namely poaching and human-elephant conflict. Kenya’s government strategized how to protect its elephants for future conservation and is heavily supported by NGO’s. This study examines the effect the one such NGO, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in concern to elephant conservation. A unique contribution to the conservation strategy is the global awareness raised through this organization’s world renown elephant orphanage and rehabilitation program. However, positive reception from the local community is a continual struggle in the fight for peaceful co-existence between man and elephant.


Animal Sciences