The free movement of some 2,000 Amboseli elephants, along with two dozen other wildlife species may be under threat - from avocados.
Kenyan agricultural company KiliAvo Fresh Ltd, which has farms near Amboseli on nearly 70 ha of land, is building nurseries and preparing to grow the fruit. Conservationists are flabbergasted. They say the plans and an electric fence on the farm will block the crucial Kimana Wildlife Corridor where elephants move between Amboseli, the Tsavo and Chyulu Hills parks, and strangle one of the region's most beloved and important safari parks.
This situation highlights the global struggle for shrinking resources. KiliAvo said it obtained the land legally then received government approval in mid-2020 to begin work after presenting an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
However, the National Environment Management Agency ordered work halted last September and said it wanted to revoke the EIA. KiliAvo has challenged that in Kenya's environmental tribunal, where the case is pending.
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