Have you heard the story of the Somali elephant (Morgan) who went back to Somalia for a brief visit?

Our elephants are either dead and the rest went on tahriib. This is the story of one tahriib called Morgan who missed his birth country and sneaked into Somalia for a brief visit.

An elephant returns to Somalia for first time in 20 years


NAIROBI: An elephant marched hundreds of kilometres and briefly crossed into Somalia this month marking the first time the animal has been seen in the country in 20 years, conservationists said Wednesday.

Morgan, a male bull in his 30s, was fitted with a tracking collar in December in Kenya’s coastal Tana River Delta, but in mid-February began an unexpected march northwards to Somalia, reaching the border nearly three weeks later.

His march has excited conservationists who say it shows the elephant remembered ancient routes after decades of absence due to war.

“He obviously had something in his mind about where he’s going,” said Iain Douglas-Hamilton of Save the Elephants, a conservation organisation that has put tracking collars on hundreds of African elephants.

Morgan’s journey suggests that the Kenya-Somalia border area is becoming less dangerous and that if security were to return to southern Somalia so might the exiled elephants.

From Tana River, Morgan trudged 20 kilometres (12 miles) on the first night and then hid in thick forest the following day, before continuing his march under cover of darkness. He maintained this pattern for the next 18 days.

“He’s adopted this extreme form of survival strategy to traverse one of the most dangerous places for elephants in their African range,” said Douglas-Hamilton.

African elephants are threatened everywhere by criminal poaching gangs and armed groups, who kill them for their tusks, the ivory fetching around $1,100 (1,000 euros) per kilogramme (2.2 pounds) in China.

At least 20,000 elephants were killed last year, according to figures released this month by the Convention on the Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), an international organisation.

Morgan’s long march north

“A mature bull like Morgan is not wandering aimlessly. He’s likely following a route that he learnt earlier in his life, one that has been used by elephants for generations,” said Ian Craig, conservation director at the Northern Rangelands Trust, a Kenya-based conservation group that establishes reserves across the country, including in the area where Morgan lives.

In the end, after walking 220 kilometres (137 miles) Morgan spent just less than 24-hours actually in Somalia -- and only went three kilometres over the border -- before turning back, presumably after failing to find any willing females with whom to mate.

But the fact of his journey is what excites the conservationists.

“Out of all the tracking we’ve done in Africa, these movements -- and these circumstances -- are exceptional,” said Douglas-Hamilton. “The wandering of this one bull across the entire expanse of Lamu district, from the Tana river to the Somali border, no-one has seen anything like this before.” - AFP

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/wor...eturns-to-somalia-for-first-time-in-20-years/

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Our elephants are either dead and the rest went on tahriib. This is the story of one tahriib called Morgan who missed his birth country and sneaked into Somalia for a brief visit.

An elephant returns to Somalia for first time in 20 years


NAIROBI: An elephant marched hundreds of kilometres and briefly crossed into Somalia this month marking the first time the animal has been seen in the country in 20 years, conservationists said Wednesday.

Morgan, a male bull in his 30s, was fitted with a tracking collar in December in Kenya’s coastal Tana River Delta, but in mid-February began an unexpected march northwards to Somalia, reaching the border nearly three weeks later.

His march has excited conservationists who say it shows the elephant remembered ancient routes after decades of absence due to war.

“He obviously had something in his mind about where he’s going,” said Iain Douglas-Hamilton of Save the Elephants, a conservation organisation that has put tracking collars on hundreds of African elephants.

Morgan’s journey suggests that the Kenya-Somalia border area is becoming less dangerous and that if security were to return to southern Somalia so might the exiled elephants.

From Tana River, Morgan trudged 20 kilometres (12 miles) on the first night and then hid in thick forest the following day, before continuing his march under cover of darkness. He maintained this pattern for the next 18 days.

“He’s adopted this extreme form of survival strategy to traverse one of the most dangerous places for elephants in their African range,” said Douglas-Hamilton.

African elephants are threatened everywhere by criminal poaching gangs and armed groups, who kill them for their tusks, the ivory fetching around $1,100 (1,000 euros) per kilogramme (2.2 pounds) in China.

At least 20,000 elephants were killed last year, according to figures released this month by the Convention on the Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), an international organisation.

Morgan’s long march north

“A mature bull like Morgan is not wandering aimlessly. He’s likely following a route that he learnt earlier in his life, one that has been used by elephants for generations,” said Ian Craig, conservation director at the Northern Rangelands Trust, a Kenya-based conservation group that establishes reserves across the country, including in the area where Morgan lives.

In the end, after walking 220 kilometres (137 miles) Morgan spent just less than 24-hours actually in Somalia -- and only went three kilometres over the border -- before turning back, presumably after failing to find any willing females with whom to mate.

But the fact of his journey is what excites the conservationists.

“Out of all the tracking we’ve done in Africa, these movements -- and these circumstances -- are exceptional,” said Douglas-Hamilton. “The wandering of this one bull across the entire expanse of Lamu district, from the Tana river to the Somali border, no-one has seen anything like this before.” - AFP

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/wor...eturns-to-somalia-for-first-time-in-20-years/

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Even the animals are cursed in africa! What a wicked life.

:kendrickcry:
 

Hatredfree

I got boomer connections
VIP
Why would elephant go to Somalia, does Somalia still have elephant population because that would explain why the elephant wandered inside the country
 

Crow

Make Hobyo Great Again
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This is the real reason for the wall on the boarder.

It has nothing to do with terrorism, it was a ploy to stop the animals from migrating back into Somalia.

Kenya makes a lot of money from Safari tourism.
Good thing we have people on both sides of the border.
:trumpsmirk:
 
He only walked during the nights and hid himself during the days from poachers, how smart are elephants? He went back to find a Halima elephant, but couldn't find one. How sad is that?

There are too many poachers on the Somali side and they feel more protected on the Kenyan side.
 
Reason Kenya is building wall it doesn't want wildlife coming back to Somalia


Somalia could easily breack through a walls animals canta

:mjswag:
 
Reason Kenya is building wall it doesn't want wildlife coming back to Somalia


Somalia could easily breack through a walls animals canta

:mjswag:


@abdiwarrior

Why break the wall? Only to cull them for their ivories? Who will protect them in Somalia? They are not stupid, Morgan knew staying more than a day in Somalia posed a huge risk to his life and returned back as soon as possible.
 

Shaolin23

Seeker of knowledge and truth
Reason Kenya is building wall it doesn't want wildlife coming back to Somalia


Somalia could easily breack through a walls animals canta

:mjswag:
Even animals know better than to live with Zoooomalis and be trusting of them they know sooner or later they will fight again and the bullets will start way u barteen :drakekidding:
 

kickz

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SIYAASI
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He is clearly Somali and is remembering routes his family took in Somalia before the war.:mjcry:

His given Somali name is not Morgan but Madaxweeyne:mjpls:
 

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