Elephants have a highly organized social order consisting of well-knit family units which vary in size from a few individuals to several hundreds
Elephants have a highly organized social order consisting of well-knit family units which vary in size from a few individuals to several hundreds. But this order is facing serious threats and disruptions from human activities and encroachment on traditional elephant territory and migration routes, including the expansion of farms and farming activities in the arid and semi-arid lands, poaching and all this worsens an already bad situation for elephants not only in the country but in the rest of the continent. On one morning during the month of August a call came in to the Mara Vet Unit from a Conservancy Manager about a Bull Elephant that was looking sickly at the Naboisho Conservancy, which abuts the Masai Mara National Reserve. Hurriedly, we rushed there to check and found the big Bull, who is probably in his 40s, resting under a small acacia tree. Even in our presence at very close quarters he seemed disinterested in us, which is not usual for a healthy elephant. Another discouraging sign was that he seemed malnourished with sunken cheeks and a visible backbone.