Elephant Corridor Provides Safe Passageway but Cuts Off Traditional Migration Routes

The completion of an elephant corridor to the north of Mt Kenya is set to end frequent human-wildlife conflict. The 28-kilometre elephant corridor has an electrified game-proof fence that aims at providing a safe passageway for elephants in the northern part of Mount Kenya National Park.

This being the first of its kind in Kenya, efforts to reduce human-wildlife conflict that has characterised the area for long may soon bear fruit.

According to Virgin Atlantic country manager David Rose, the initiative aims at ensuring long-term survival of the elephant population in the Mt Kenya region.

“Around 2,000 elephants will benefit from this corridor since we need to protect them, along with the villages, farms and people around them,” Mr Rose said.

The project was created to link the Mount Kenya National Park to Ngare Ndare Forest Reserve to enable elephants benefit from the diverse resources offered by each habitat.

The initiative will also help severed migration routes and create conservation areas in Mt Kenya, Ngare Ndare, Borana Ranch, Lewa Conservancy and numerous protected areas in the northern rangelands.

A completed underpass beneath the Nanyuki-Meru highway is also a major part of the corridor and will allow elephants to walk through rather than cross the busy highway.

Mr Michael Dyer, the owner of Borana Lodge, said that elephants would pass through a corridor that is about 4m wide.

“This corridor will mitigate illegal trade activities such as poaching,” Mr Dyer said.

Farming communities

The Mount Kenya Trust and the Kenya Wildlife Service have been erecting a fence on the Mt Kenya boundary to reduce conflict between the farming communities and elephants.

However, according to Mt Kenya Trust executive officer Susie Weeks, fencing may be an effective tool for conflict alleviation, but it severs migration routes previously used by elephants. Continue reading …

Re-posted from “Daily Nation,” by Ashley Lime.

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