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Mount Elgon Elephant Monitoring

Published 07/25/11

Members of Kenya's MEEM team.
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Mount Elgon National Park, on Kenya's western border with Uganda, is home to a very special population of elephants. Because there are no salt licks on the surface of Mount Elgon, the elephants must venture into mountain caves to satisfy their sodium fix.

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Mount Elgon Facts

Published 07/25/11

Elephants at Mount Elgon
National Park in Kenya.
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  • Mount Elgon is the eighth-highest mountain in Africa and has the largest base area of any free-standing volcano in the world.
  • The elephants on the mountain are savannah elephants (Loxodonta africana africana), not the forest elephants of West and Central Africa.
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Elephants in Kenya

Published 07/25/11

Elephants make their way
through a Mount Elgon cave.
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Many land-living herbivores, including elephants, can experience “salt hunger.” To remedy that they congregate around salt licks to supplement their diets with minerals (such as sodium) that are not found in their main sources of food.

Mount Elgon National Park, on Kenya's western border with Uganda, is home to a very special population of elephants. Because there are no salt licks on the surface of Mount Elgon, the elephants must venture into mountain caves to satisfy their sodium fix.

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