The abundance of fresh long grass after the rains attracted a huge number of Elephants into the Masai Mara from the surrounding bushes and hills. For a few years I hadn’t seen so many Elephants in the Mara as I saw this time. Elephant poaching in areas surrounding the Masai Mara has been violent in the last few years. In addition, the practice of allowing cattle to graze at night in the reserve has seriously reduced the available pasture for Elephants in the Masai Mara, who love to feed on long fresh and nutritious grass after the rains. This year I was delighted to also see some huge bulls with beautiful tusks, something I hadn’t seen in the Mara for many years. Some of them carry huge collars to track their movement.