Wild animals unable to roam as city encroaches on Nairobi park
Rhinos, lions, buffalo and leopards range against the background of a city skyline in the Nairobi National Parmore
Outside its unfenced southern boundary, the banks of the Mochiriri River are a favoured refuge for breeding limore
But the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has proposed a 10-year plan to fence land along the southern boundary to more
Commercial buildings are encroaching on the park's land and in 2018, a six-km railway bridge was built throughmore
Animals often leave the park during the rainy season when the grass is too long to see predators and return dumore
The plan proposes fencing in land on the southern boundary if the owners are willing, or if they do not agree,more
A 2016 KWS report said fencing was the "least suitable option" to reduce animal-human conflict. Shrinking rangmore
It is not the only option. The plan itself said conservation initiatives such as installing free motion-sensormore
A buffalo walks under a bridge of the Standard Gauge Railway line, inside the Nairobi National Park in Nairobimore
A view of an antelope inside the Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
A zebra scratches itself against a pillar of a bridge of the Standard Gauge Railway line inside the Nairobi Namore
Zebras graze under the Standard Gauge Railway line, inside the Nairobi National Park. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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