Amboseli National Park in Kenya is experiencing an apparent elephant baby boom.
The park, nicknamed the ‘Land of the Giants, ’ sits at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Kenya, Africa.
It spans over 3,000 sq miles and is home to hundreds of species of animals, including lions, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, and wildebeest.
And, as of this year, more than 170 baby elephant calves.
This represents a significant increase from 2018 when only 113 calves were born throughout the entire year.
With 4+ months left to go in 2020, this could be a landmark year for Kenya’s elephant population.
“The main reason the population is rebounding is due to the surplus rains we have had over the past two years,” Tal Manor, project manager at the park, tells NPR.
“Baby booms are largely tied to ecological changes.”
East Africa experienced a colossal rain season in 2019, leading to massive flooding.
For elephants, more rain equals more vegetation for feeding and fewer deaths due to dehydration.
According to Kenya’s Wildlife Service, the elephant population has more than doubled since 1989.