Stop Railway Construction in National Parks

Elephants in the grass at Tsavo East National Park.

Target: Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya

Goal: Stop the construction of a railway line that is disrupting elephant habitat through two national parks.

A railway line is being constructed in Kenya that will run through both Nairobi and Tsavo West National Parks, splitting the habitat of Tsavo’s 12,000 savanna elephants and disrupting their movement. A steep embankment has been constructed to hold the railway, so the elephants are essentially blocked off from their usual migration routes and are only able to cross under a few bridges. Even worse, a six-lane highway may be built next to the rails in the future unless this disruptive construction is stopped.

The Kenya Wildlife Service has been collaring the elephants so that they can be tracked in the hope of revealing how much the railway will disrupt their movement. The organization is working along with Save the Elephants and Tsavo Trust to pressure the Kenyan government into including strategically placed overpasses on any future highways so that animal movement will not be further disturbed. But the best solution would be to cease all construction of the railway, which has already come under fire for the project’s excessive cost of $3.8 billion.

The major development of such large-scale human infrastructure should not be allowed to encroach on this protected land. The railway will have a negative impact on both Nairobi and Tsavo National Parks, and the wildlife will be put at serious risk. Sign this petition to demand that Kenya’s national parks are declared off limits to new rail lines, and protect the savanna elephants from severe habitat loss.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Kenyatta,

The railway line being constructed through Nairobi and Tsavo West National Parks is seriously disrupting the movement of Tsavo’s 12,000 savanna elephants, and its assembly must be stopped to avoid further damage. The elephants’ habitat has been split in two, and they are being blocked off from their usual migration routes. This encroachment of human development on protected lands will cause serious damage to the national parks’ wildlife, and the addition of a six-lane highway would be devastating for Tsavo’s elephant population.

These conservation areas must be protected rather than put at further risk. The Kenya Wildlife Service, Save the Elephants, and Tsavo Trust are working for the inclusion of strategically placed overpasses on any future highways that would help animal movement to continue with minimal disturbance, but the only way to ensure that these animals are protected is to stop construction.

Not only is the railway line highly damaging to the national parks’ wildlife, it is also excessively costly at $3.8 billion. I am urging you to find a sustainable alternative. Please take action to halt the construction of the railway line, and ensure that Nairobi and Tsavo National Parks are protected from the invasion of human infrastructure.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: International Fund for Animal Welfare Rescue Blog

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