Mt. Kenya hegnes ind for at holde på de store vilde dyr
Storstilet forsøg på at sætte klare fysiske grænser mellem Afrikas dyreliv og mennesker skal holde tykhuder som elefanter og næsehorn inde og f.eks. krybskytter ude i et af Kenyas flotteste naturområder, som er en del af Verdensarven.
Kenya's government Friday officially started a project that will encircle much of the country's highest peak with an electric fence to stop wild animals straying (strejfe rundt), BBC online reports Friday.
It is being designed to stop wildlife, particularly elephants, on Mt Kenya from destroying crops on nearby farms. On completion it will be about 400 km long, stand 2 meters high and extend a metre underground.
The charity building the fence, Rhino Ark, believes it will take five years to complete.
"It is going to encircle 2.000 sq km of indigenous (oprindellg, urørt) forests on the mountain, and a source of many, many rivers and outflows in all directions from the mountains," Colin Church from Rhino Ark told the BBC.
Mt Kenya, at 5.199 meters, is Africa's second highest peak and the mountain and its forest were designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1997.
The fence discharges a shock, but not one that endangers people or animals.
Building the first phase of the fence, which will be 50 km long, has already begun and is expected to be completed by the beginning of 2014, Rhino Ark says.
Rhino Ark has already fenced in the Aberdare mountains, which provide water for Kenya's capital, Nairobi. That fence took 12 years to complete.
The Mt Kenya project is expected to cost about 11,8 million US dollar.