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The last of Africa’s big tusker elephants – in pictures | Environment

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Like living relics from a bygone era, the last of Africa’s big tusker elephants roam in a vast, remote wilderness in Kenya. In partnership with the Tsavo Trust NGO and the Kenya Wildlife Service, Will Burrard-Lucas spent months photographing these rare animals. His series of intimate portraits are captured in his book, Land of Giants

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Kenya: Youth Quit Rustling, Turn to Gold Mining

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Pastoralists and small-scale farmers in the North Rift region have turned to gold mining in the hope of turning around their fortunes.

Many youths have now abandoned cattle rustling and banditry for the precious metal.

In West Pokot County, the activities are concentrated around Weiwei, River Muruny, Alale, Narwomoru, Nyangaita, Masol, Ortum and Turkwel. In neighbouring Turkana, most miners are at Naduat, Lomaguro, Atereka and Nakareareka.

Residents use hoes, axes, basins and other crude tools to extract the mineral, especially from rivers.

Speaking to Smart Company, gold miner Peter Kichana said the business is now a preferred economic venture that it is playing a critical role in poverty reduction and rural development.

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“Both men and women engage in mining because they earn more than those working in agriculture alone. Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) activities have been a significant source of employment for residents,” he said.

Kichana said a drop in the number of cattle in the region has seen residents turn to mining gold for their livelihood instead of stealing livestock.

“Many , especially reformed cattle rustlers in West Pokot and Turkana counties, are now cashing in on gold quite literally. We sell the gold at Ortum market after getting it from miners at Muruny River in Marich,” he said.