There are two worlds in Amboseli, and the difference is night and day. A wildlife corridor in an area of intense human activity has a traffic pattern that reflects it.
Here’s a glimpse over a 24-hour period at a pinch point in the Kimana Wildlife Corridor, where Big Life leases a thin stretch of land (70m wide at its narrowest) to funnel animals safely through a ribbon of human development, over a tar road, and into the natural habitat beyond.
The Kimana Corridor is the most heavily used route for animals moving to and from Amboseli National Park and the Kimana Sanctuary, which connects with the east of the ecosystem and on to Tsavo West National Park. Big Life rangers also help protect both the corridor and the sanctuary, providing safe passage through the ecosystem in more ways than one.
By day, the pinch point bustles with humans and their livestock, moving to and from grazing areas and markets. At night, the human world goes to sleep, the car traffic on the road thins, and the wild takes over.
There is little separation between humans and nature here. Animals have had to learn how to navigate the changes caused by human development, just as humans must manage living with wildlife on their land.
Humans, livestock, and wildlife rely on the same resources across Amboseli: water, grazing areas, and corridors to move between those areas. What is good for wildlife is good for people, and vice versa, and this makes Big Life’s work to protect these natural spaces doubly important.