Conservationists trumpet success of Kenyan elephant underpass
A $250,000 (158,000) tunnel - built with donor funds - has connected two wilderness areas on Mount Kenya and two distinct elephant populations separated for years by human development. Elephants can now cross a major road without endangering themselves or motorists, and without damaging crops or scaring nearby villagers.
"The first time we had a report about an elephant going under the underpass it was very exciting," said Susie Weeks, executive officer of the Mount Kenya Trust, one of the partners in the 1 million conservation project. "They actually managed to go through it within days of it being opened."
The 15ft-high (4.5-metre-high) tunnel opened to elephants last month, but has not been used by the creatures until now.
Iain Douglas-Hamilton, the founder of Save The Elephants, said the nine-mile man-made corridor that surrounds the tunnel allows elephants to search for food and mates.