Kirinyaga-based Castle Forest Lodge has been ordered to pay Sh37 million to the widower of an American tourist killed by an elephant alongside her one-year-old baby in 2010.
Sharon Mary Brown and her daughter were trampled to death in Mount Kenya Forest Reserve while they were on a nature walk guided by a Castle Forest Lodge employee.
Jeffrey Brown, an American from New Hampshire, had sued for Sh260 million.
High Court judge Jairus Ngaah ruled that the lodge owed Brown and his family a duty of care for the duration of their stay in their facility.
A baby elephant, strayed from its herd after it lost its way, wandered into a town on the outskirts of Munnar in Kerala’s Idukki district on Wednesday. Situated in the Western Ghats, Munnar and its surrounding regions constitute major hill stations and tourist locations in the state, drawing in multitudes of honeymooners and families alike through the year. The calf seems to have come from Velakallil, an area part of the Idukki Reserved Forest and roamed into Chinnakanal town.
As India celebrates the Ganpati festival which honors the elephant-headed god, Ganesha, it's a stark reminder that 15,000 Asian elephants, nearly one in three Asian elephants live in captivity. Without question elephants are highly intelligent, highly emotional, long-living animals that need the support of their herd to survive. When locals stole these poor creatures from their natural habitat, for labor or tourism, it raised a number of ethical and practical challenges for their future.
Ploy Tong is one more elephant that we decided to rescue. Both eyes blind, she transports tourists every day. Every day she is saddled early, and carries riders until the sun sets. She uses her trunk to sniff the way while the tourist ride on her back. We saw her working while on the journey to rescue Bua Keaw, and began discussion with the owner to set her free. Tonight her journey to freedom begins.