Elephant Underpass in Kenya

Posted on May 21, 2012  Comments (3)

photo of elephant preparing to walk under a highway

Elephant Underpass Reuniting Kenya Herds

The first of its kind for elephants, the underpass will ideally provide a safe corridor for the large mammals to move throughout the Mount Kenya region, where highways, fences, and farmlands have split elephant populations…

Without the underpass, animals that try to move between isolated areas often destroy fences and crops—leading to conflicts with people.

Since its completion in late 2010, the underpass has been a “tremendous success”—hundreds of elephants have been spotted walking through the corridor, according to the conservancy.

It is great to see such solutions put into place. Animals that come into conflict with people (whether it is farmers in Africa, ranchers in the USA or villagers in India) often lose. There is a reason humans dominate the globe. We might be easy to beat in a one on one battle when we can prepare. But when we get frustrated and decide it is time to take action, that is bad news for most mammals (bacteria are only in trouble with our scientists and manufacturers get together and even then the bacteria might not lose).

What we need to do is find ways for the animals to live without too severely impacting people. Because if we don’t eventually the people will take action.

I have been to the game parks in Kenya twice, it is amazing.

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3 Responses to “Elephant Underpass in Kenya”

  1. tasarim
    May 22nd, 2012 @ 3:44 am

    The Nature Preserve :(

  2. Anonymous
    May 23rd, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

    I never thought I’d see the day, great stuff. Hopefully the elephants will use it.

  3. marc
    May 18th, 2013 @ 2:28 pm

    It is interesting that in Uganda, neighboring Kenya in the west, has some similar ways of offering elephants enough free movement. In Queen Elizabeth National Park in the Rwenzori region, elephants often block the roads for hours. On the one hand it is interesting to have these mammals directly in front of your lens. On the other hand, people transporting goods are held up for a long time due to the giants and cannot fulfill their work. In that particular case, the main road should have been placed outside the national park. Tourists could penetrate the area with the safari vehicles as where local vehicles may pass by, outside. As a plus, this would also limit other roadkill and protect the animals there.. A company called instinct safaris works towards securing enough space for the animals in the different national parks of Uganda.

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