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Elephant Underpass

Tracey Campbell - January 12, 2011

Who says man can’t interfere with nature in a positive way ?

The newly opened underpass connecting the Ngare Ndare Forest / Lewa with the Mount Kenya Forest was built in the hope of re-establishing the only remaining connection between Kenya’s second-largest elephant population of 7,500 animals in Samburu with the estimated 2,000 in Mount Kenya.

The idea behind the underpass or corridor were to help genetic connectivity between these 2 elephant populations and also to reduce the habitat pressure within Lewa.

The underpass has been deemed a success, as one elephant lumbered his way down the corridor on the night of January 1st. Let’s hope many more follow suit shortly.

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