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Shock as Jumbos invade farms, damage water pans in Iyarat

Residents of Iyarat area of Iloodokinaki count losses after a herd of elephants swept their farms clean of maize on Thursday morning.
Residents of Iyarat area of Iloodokinaki count losses after a herd of elephants swept their farms clean of maize on Thursday morning.
Maison Yiapas said the residents have no contacts of the local Kenya Wildlife Service wardens, and therefore, spent the entire day watching the jumbos eat their maize.

Residents of Iyarat area of Kajiado County are counting losses after a herd of 17 elephants ate all their maize plantation in less than a day.

The Jumbos reportedly descended on two acres of maize plantation on Thursday morning as residents watched them helplessly.

An elder and his sons inspect family farm where a herd of 16 elephants cleared 2 acres of maize on Thursday morning.
An elder and his sons inspect their family farm after a herd of 17 elephants ate two acres of maize on Thursday morning.

 “I have just lost a total of two acres of maize plantation to the elephants. I spent a lot of money raring the plantation and buying water to irrigate so my children cannot go hungry,” lamented Yiapas.

Kajiado Central KWS Warden in charge, Muteru Njauuini, told KNU on Thursday evening he had no report about the invasion but promised to checkout.

“We have not received such information. I am going to send my officers to the area right away just in case the Jumbos decide to cause more damage to other farms,” said Njauuini.

Another farmer, Joseph Mutende, told the Star some of the elephants damaged community dams in the afternoon after walking out of the maize farms.

The rise in cases of human/wildlife conflicts in Kajiado West occurs at this time of the year when there is a shortage of water.

Elephants cause deaths to humans in Kajiado West more than snakes and other wild animals.

 

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