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Kenya Wildlife Services step up collaring efforts in wake of increased poaching

Photos by Tony Karumba / AFP - Getty Images

Kenya Wildlife Services personnel secure an elephant that has been sedated for collaring.

A Kenyan Wildlife Services veterinarian prepares to shoot a tranquilizer dart into an elephant at the Tsavo-East National park on March 19, 2012 during the second phase of a collaring exercise funded by International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Kenya Wildlife Services in the wake of a dramatic increase in elephant killings.

Kenya's estimated 30,000 elephants have come under growing risk as poachers continue to kill animals for their prized tusks.

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A just-revived elephant tries to stand back up after it was sedated for collaring.