We’ve officially had two loads of steel and one load of concrete delivered from our Fences4Kenya fundraiser! As anyone who has ever built anything knows, no plans are final until the project is finished.
We frequently talk about our holistic approach – and how we build with the elephants in mind, but also consider the wildlife, the land, and our impact on everything. This means, now that we are “on the ground” so to speak, and planning exactly where each fence posts will go, we are tweaking our plans. We have some large, beautiful, healthy trees along the planned fence line, and we don’t want to cut them down unnecessarily, so now our fence line will be a little zig-zagged. After redesigning the fence line to work around these trees, we realized it also changes the size of the enclosure. While we planned for the first 3 yards to be 10.7 acres, with these changes, the female African habitat will be around 13 acres!! With no additional funds needed!! We can’t imagine Kenya or any other future African elephant residents will mind a meandering fence or the extra space.
Constructing an elephant fence is not an easy task. When the steel is delivered, each tube is
- around 12m long (~ 40ft) and
- weighs approximately 700 lbs (~320 kilos).
Once each load arrives, we cut a portion of the tubes into 3.5 m (11.5 ft) sections for the vertical fence posts and transport them to the African Elephant barn using the backhoe. The next step is digging holes and putting the posts in concrete. Once the vertical posts are set and secure, we go back and add the horizontal pieces.
It’s a slow-moving process (& not very exciting), but we will get there, and Kenya will come. And, again, because we can never say it enough – thanks to everyone who donated, liked, shared, and commented on our fundraising posts so we can build these Fences4Kenya! ❤️
January 22, 2020