Elephants turn Mt Elgon Park caves into maternity units

A Kenya Wildlife Service ranger guards Kibalo Elephant Maternity Cave in Mt Elgon, Bungoma County, on October 1, 2019. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Inside are massive amounts of dried elephant dung which have accumulated over time. The dung serves as beds for elephants.
  • Other animals also visit the salt licks in search of minerals such as phosphorus, sodium, calcium, iron and zinc, which are important for bone and muscle growth.

Deep in Mt Elgon National Park, on the Kenya-Uganda border, are five caves that elephants have turned into maternity wards.

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