Target: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
Goal: Continue to construct wildlife crossings to protect African wildlife
Wildlife underpasses have long been used to allow animals to safely cross roads. Now, underpasses in parts of Africa, such as the Mt. Kenya region, have reconnected wildlife areas and elephant populations separated for years by human development. Not only does this open greater ranges for food, but it also strengthens the gene pool of these elephants. We must continue to encourage the construction of tunnels to protect both wildlife and human beings.
Wildlife is under threat all across Africa, from human encroachment to poaching, elephants and rhinos in particular. Slaughtered en masse for their tusks, elephants are facing increasing threat of extinction in several countries—though populations are thriving in some areas—and anti-poaching efforts have proved unsuccessful as poachers utilize more and more militaristic means to hunt down and kill elephants. Vehicle collisions are another threat as elephants attempt to cross roads, injuring or killing both animals and human beings. Human settlements also pose a risk; elephants forced to pass through farmlands and areas with human inhabitants may cause damages to crops or fields. In the face of these dangers, elephants need all the help and protection these passes provide them.
In national parks divided and broken up by roads, underpasses and overpasses allow animals to move freely without threat of collision on roadways. They also connect different populations and allow wider access to food and water, provide routes that would allow them to avoid human settlements—reducing human-animal conflict—and improve genetic health in the case of populations that have been reconnected. In the case of migratory species faced by habitat fragmentation, wildlife crossings provide viable migration routes. Continued construction would prove greatly beneficial to elephants and other species of African wildlife, and reduce the danger posed by animals crossing roads. Urge the president of Kenya to prioritize these crossings by signing the petition below.
Dear President Uhuru Kenyatta,
I am very pleased with the success of wildlife underpasses that allow animals to cross into other areas without threat of vehicular collisions. The underpass in the Mt. Kenya region is particularly successful, reconnecting two populations of elephants separated by human development. Underpasses and overpasses also play a role in reducing human-animal conflict. With routes opened that allow them to avoid human settlement, damages to crops and fields is less likely. Wildlife crossings provide migratory animals viable migration routes, allowing them to overcome habitat fragmentation.
These tunnel projects are admittedly expensive, but many wildlife conservancies have proven to be willing to take part in construction and donate to the cause. I encourage you to aid efforts in Kenya to build more crossings for wildlife, and reach out to other nations and urge them to take these same steps.
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