06/22/2013 01:41 pm ET Updated Jun 22, 2013

'Rogue' Elephants In Kenya Moved To Meru National Park (PHOTOS)

Wildlife officials are in the process of translocating 15 "rogue" elephants between protected breeding grounds in Kenya this week.

The animals are being moved from the Ol Pejeta Conservancy to Meru National Park after "terrorizing residents," damaging crops and destroying fences in the area, according to a report from The Star, a Kenyan newspaper. An official with the park said the relocation process is normal and carried out whenever populations surge to help control human-wildlife conflicts.

Unfortunately, elephants and their tusks are still prime targets for poachers, and more than 40,000 are killed every year, according to the Elephant Advocacy League. Fences and national park designations do little to deter heavily armed raiders looking to profit off ivory that can sell for more than $1,300 a pound overseas.

Warning: Some of these images may be slightly disturbing.



Elephants Moved To Meru National Park