8 Sep 2012

Mt Kenya to get electric fence to stop wildlife straying

10:41 am on 8 September 2012

The first step is about to be taken towards encircling much of Kenya's highest peak with a giant electric fence to stop wild animals from straying onto farms.

Finance Minister Njeru Githaewill inaugurate the project by driving the first fence post into the ground on Mount Kenya.

The fence is being designed to stop wildlife, particularly elephants, on Mt Kenya from destroying crops on nearby farms.

On completion it will be about 400 kilometres long, stand 2 metres high and extend a metre underground, the BBC reports.

The charity building the fence, Rhino Ark, believes it will take five years to complete.

Mt Kenya at 5,199m is Africa's second highest peak and the mountain and its forest were designated as a World Heritage site by Unesco in 1997.