Mount Kenya Trust Fencing Project
Updated: Jun 19, 2021
However over the years, some elephant individuals have acquired the skill of breaking through the corridor comprehensive fence even when it is fully powered. It has not been clearly known why some are breaking the fence but occasionally a bull called Mello is suspected to break in search for water especially during dry weather. The corridor maintenance team were able to identify frequently broken section and marked them as hotspots. To stop the fence breaking elephants from breaking in these sections, it was proposed to introduce a short fence along the main fence. The impact of the elephant corridor project is immense on both elephant families and individuals as well as community members who for a long time had to bear the weight of the Elephant-conflict. The corridor as initially envisaged, has provided protection for a significant population of the African Elephant ensuring genetic diversity and freedom of movement within natural migration zones. Human-wildlife conflict in the area drastically reduced as from December 2010 when the passage became functional. The elephant passage has greatly helped as part of a wider effort that has brought farmers and villagers more onside in the fight against poaching, meaning that elephant poaching cases are no more within the community areas and the adjoining Mt. Kenya forest. Cases of human death as a result of conflict with elephants were completely stopped in community settlement areas. Before the establishment of the corridor the community members were spending long hours in the cold to guard their crops, therefore getting exposed to cold related ailments. These peoples now have better health.
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