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Kenya Begins Elephant Relocation Plan


Kenyan park rangers have begun a huge operation to relocate 400 elephants to a new home in a less crowded game park.

Rangers with the Kenyan Wildlife Service tranquilized a bull elephant after dawn Thursday to begin the operation in the coastal Shimba Hills National Reserve. The relocation was later suspended for the day because of logistical problems.

The elephants will be trucked north more than 150 kilometers to the Tsavo East National Park. It is the largest animal relocation ever undertaken by Kenya.

Kenyan officials say the relocation is necessary because the elephants have been increasingly moving into populated areas and injuring people.

Rangers say they will relocate the elephants by family groups for their well-being. Young elephants live in families led by senior females.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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