Reprieve for elephant charity banned from reserve

Kenyan authorities have made a u-turn on their decision to expel a British elephant charity from a game park in a row over new tourist lodges.

The Kenyan-based UK charity, Save the Elephants, was last month ordered to leave its research centre in Samburu reserve, northern Kenya, after the local council accused it of “publishing malicious reports”.

The charity had supplied the Kenya Tourism Federation with data for its campaign to stop the building of hotels in Samburu and a neighbouring reserve. Council leaders gave the go ahead for the new construction despite environmental concerns.

The eviction notice was revoked last Thursday after coverage of the story appeared in the Daily Telegraph.

Founder of Save the Elephants, Iain Douglas-Hamilton said: “The council told us the eviction notice had been issued by mistake. A county clerk issued the order without authorisation. He no longer works there.”

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