Fences are integral to Lewa’s success in protecting endangered wildlife, while also supporting neighbouring communities. Ensuring that fences are maintained and secure is imperative to mitigate human-wildlife conflict. We need a tractor to replace manual labour to increase efficiency and scale.
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Mitigating human-wildlife conflict needs various interventions. Having the right infrastructure, such as effective fencing, is key to ensuring that people and wildlife coexist peacefully.
Human-wildlife conflict is an increasing problem. For subsistence farmers, elephants trampling their crops could mean starvation. Lewa aims to safeguard all wildlife from the threat of poachers and from conflict posed by the increasing population surrounding the Conservancy. Our 97km of external fences and 110km of elephant and giraffe internal exclusion zones require constant upkeep. Currently we use donkeys and manpower which is hugely inefficient. We need a tractor to improve rate of repair.
Purchase of tractor for fence department will enable repair team to cover the Conservancy more efficiently and to quickly respond where elephants have destroyed fences, helping to maintain good relationship with neighbouring communities. Tractor will also serve to transport hay to vulnerable wildlife during drought, will take materials to new projects and will deliver water to security outposts, which is crucial as security teams must be well-equipped to work effectively to protect wildlife.
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