Google Adds Street View Imagery to the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya to Help Protect Wild Elephants

Google has partnered with the non-profit rescue group Save the Elephants and the Samburu National Council to provide street view imagery along the roads of Samburu National Reserve, the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. The photos that accompany the street view provide familiarity and knowledge of the area and will hopefully increase awareness about the threat to wild elephants in the region.

It’s a wild life at the Save the Elephants research camp in Samburu, in the heart of northern Kenya’s wilderness. For the last 15 years at Save the Elephants, I’ve spent my days among the elephants, working alongside my fellow Samburu people to study and protect them. Research shows that 100,000 elephants across Africa were killed for their ivory between 2010-2012, but thanks to our work in the Samburu National Reserve their numbers are now slowly increasing. Today, a visit to Samburu is a chance not only to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, but also discover a uniquely beautiful landscape where people’s live are interwoven with the landscape’s wildlife.

images via Google Maps

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.