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The Red Elephant and the Land of a Million Elephants

Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Kenya has the largest habitat of elephants with a grand
 population of 11,600  which is 1/3 elephants of the world's
Red Elephants are some of the pride of a safari at Tsavo
The famous African Forest Elephant and the notably African Bush Elephant are collectively known as referred as the African elephant. From around 37 African countries mainly Tanzania Uganda, South Africa, Zaire, Malawi and many more, including Kenya have managed to sustain the number of the world's African elephants which is about 470,000 to 690,000 elephants.
A male red African elephants of the savanna species grow up to 25 feet
 long, stand up to 11 feet tall and weigh up to 14,000 pounds

The dangerous beautiful red elephants just as the white elephants and the gray or born elephants have lived in the two different continents for thousands of years. The red elephant with little ritual rights as compare to the white and the elephants from the land of a million elephants have had a lot of privileges and have taken part in both human economics, religious and cultural importance. The elephant with its elegant tusks has always been on the forefront in the continuation of the red elephants as the dominant male who has the power to protect the heard and as the head of the pride
Taming of the red elephants
Female red elephants can usually breed by age ten
and give birth to one young every four years
The red elephants which were very aggressive and proved difficult to be tamed were lucky enough not to take part in the ancient dangerous wars which took decades to vanquish and the casualties were immense. Would it have been a great honour for the majestic red elephants to take part? Well it was only a matter of time before to decide the fate of the great red elephants in the wilderness of Tsavo that roamed the whole of the African continent on the hay days of slavery and during the construction of the Kenya Uganda Railway. On the other hand, the land of a million elephants had the privilege raising the status of their white, gray or brown elephants to serve as beasts of burden in war and peace and as a symbol of royalty and fame.
The average life span of a red Tsavo elephant in the wild is 60 years
While very few beautiful and strong red Elephants have managed to be taken into the  modern world of entertainment such as  in circuses, these red elephants  had to endure a lot of pain to discover the new world which was there in store for them. These red elephants had to be attacked by poachers in the dead of the night or when most of the young elephants were born. With their massive bodies, there was always  little chance for the red elephants to hide in the bushes or run for the hills deep in the African forest and the surrounding savannah vegetation. The little elephants would be transported or be sold in far away countries where they could be part of a breeding program or to be kept indifferent zoon. If the her of elephants is spared, many of them succumbed to the bullets, machetes or poisonous spears and arrows which were used to attack the red elephants in order to get their massive tusks or ivory which were used for making carvings. 
The red elephants and the ivory trade
 Older and larger males—especially those in musth  (condition of
heightened testosterone levels) —dominate the breeding,
 winning the acceptance of females in heat
The red elephant ivory has been called "white gold". With little known about the white gold rush the ivory is highly prices due to the fact that it is beautiful. Who wouldn't want a beautiful animal, item, commodity a home or a friend, easily carved? The elephant ivory according to many experts is very durable, and pleasing to the touch in the markets of China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, and other Asian countries If the buying of such endangered species accessories and items stops, the killing of the red, the white and the gray elephants also stops. We need to communicate and change our lifestyle moralities for the sake of these beautiful animals. If  wild animals can adopt to change, why not humans who have the most advance brains.

Problems engulfing the world's elephants.
 Red females elephants and young males live in cohesive herds of
about ten related adults and their offspring.
Elephant ears have infrasound capabilities for long-range
With an abundant appetite the red elephants, the white elephants and the brown elephants consume a gross amount of vegetation comprising of herbs shrubs twigs and barks of trees s need up to 250 kilograms a day. With plenty of land to roam about, the red elephant is king in its habitat as all what is in store in the vast Savannah land with proper food at its disposal. On the other hand many of the elephants from the land of a million elephants have little confinement as lad has become scarce and the feeding grounds have been turned into farmlands and logging which is part of the order of the day, many of the elephants do take part in their own natural habitat unknowingly as man has been able to tame these beautiful animals but in the long run, its just the end of many of the white and the Asian elephants which might be missed decades to come. Very few people live in forest in many parts of the world where some of these dangerous elephants are found. 
With many of the forest also being out of bound and also being protected by law, very little is left for the people who have co existed withe the red elephants and the white elephants. With plenty of game parks and national parks along the African Savannah, the Tsavo red elephants have enjoyed the modern advanced luxury of medical experts and the latest medial help. With frequent game parks and park patrols within the red elephant’s natural habitat experts and well trained veterinarians always come to the aid of these elephants. With the advent of modern tracking and marking most of the red elephants in and around the Tsavo national parks, many elephants have been rescued and their movement has been traces which has also given more insight on how these beautiful animals wonder these great lands of the African continent. 
On the other hand you find that  elephants from the land of a million elephants don’t get that much of a better treatment but to some extent, many elephants owners or in many of the parks have a number of limitation in terms of  veterinary doctors and very well  experienced mahout. The number of elephant specialists in the land of a million elephants is not sufficient enough and when experts are called for, the overall handling of the elephants is not as what is expected of as it has been the case from their own experience as many of these experts cannot be gotten onetime due to their other occupation, proximity and the logistics involved and the nature of the animal health and the state the animal doctor when he observes the animal. 

The big budget for the big elephants
The African elephant species are considerably bigger
and have larger ears than their Asian
Big national parks come with big budgets and big elephants to feed come with big money and when these red elephant and white elephants get sick or need medical help, very big elephant size budgets are needed but are not handy for the sick elephant at hand. Most  of the elephant injuries require high tech equipment and animal doctors which is one of the greatest problem faced in many countries who which to have these giant animals as pets and as a pride of their countries as well. When elephants get sick or injured, veterinarians and all equipment have to get ready including budget paid for the urgent cases as well. 
The red elephants have the largest tusks in the 
world weighing over 50kg each
There are many organizations which have been supporting different wild animals such as save the elephant or adopt an elephant which have contributed endless amount of money manpower and both media and research in order to make these elephants and many of the world animals at large have a better place to graze, hibernate and reproduce and to defend their territory as well. With little or no work to do apart from bulldozing trees and trampling on the natural vegetation in the Tsavo national parts and the surrounding areas as far s the Tsavo red elephants are concerned, their counterparts which have been domesticated for the last 5000 years have to do all work and no play with  poor health surroundings and conditions which have less health care services despite all the general improvement which is always being spearheaded but there is always hope and headway should be made with greater awareness to help quell the problem. 

The Tsavo red soil and the makeup of the red elephants
Elephants of Tsavo East National Park are famous for their colour
The Tsavo red elephants don’t have the problems to be registered as their counterparts. In many of the Asian countries the problem of elephant registration hinders the proper conservation of the Asian elephant species and hence the loopholes which prompt s illegal cross-border trading of working Elephants within the neighboring countries of Asia and which results in the loss of many unaccounted Asian elephants from the borders and the jungles of China, Thailand and the Land of a million elephants (Laos). With around 2000 elephants now remaining in “Lane Xang” today (Laos) or the land of a million elephants as compared to the Tsavo elephants, these beautiful elephants do need a helping hand from all angles of the world. 
The red elephants are the largest bodies in the world

With the destruction of more natural environment due to  human activity, the ones who sufferer the most and these Asian elephants who have to be engrossed in lifting the heavy load rather than the little cultural village work they had been accustomed to. Despite all these, those who manage to get a ride on these elephants when they visit Laos do have great stories to tale and at the same time a dire need for action as has been the case for the Tsavo red elephants who came too the rescue from the local government in Kenya as a result many of the red elephants are flourishing and there is a steady rise in the red elephant population which is a welcoming sight as one of the wonders at the Tsavo National Park in Kenya. 

A red elephant herd going home to roost
Though the matter of fact is that there are no red elephants  and these elephants of Africa are not really red. People who go to Tsavo national part and always amazed to see these beautiful elephants walking majestically grazing and bathing in the nearby ponds. With the natural soil of Tsavo being dark red,  the Tsavo  elephants have been bathing themselves in the red mad while in the ponds and at the same time scooping the red sand on their bodies. As a result, these red elephants appear red as red pepper and  while you are out there on a safari, these great creatures are worth every photograph and a memory of a life time. 
Tsavo National Park is known for being the natural
 habitat to the world's only red elephants
These elephants can only continue to flourish be part of nature so long as their by products are not hitting the worlds markets. If the buying stops the killing of the red elephants, the white elephants and the brown elephants stops too


  1. Those Tsavo elephants are just too cool. I remember when I was on safari just near the Mount Kilimanjaro, We managed to have a glimpse at them. It was just cool fun watching them pass by in the early morning hours

  1. Well the Tsavo elephants are just part of the flora and fauna where the deadly Tsavo lions or man eaters posed their reign of terror during the Kenya Uganda railway. I guess this is just one way of the man eaters being replaces with these beautiful African Safari Red lions which as just amazing to see.

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