Living as one
We’re often told that humans and animals can’t live side-byside. But our travels often reveal the truth to be different – take the macaques of Lopburi in Thailand or the polar bears of Churchill, Canada. As the human race spreads, more inventive ways have surfaced to harmonise the two. The ‘wildlife bridge’ that allows animals to cross the highway safely in Canada’s Banff NP is one example; Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, is another.
For the latter, the grasslands and gorges of its titular national park ( pictured) create a wild fringe to the city. This shot by Paras Chandaria, from new book Wonders: Spectacular Moments in Nature Photography (Chronicle Books, £26; out 7 August), frames the mix of urban and wild. But it’s not all smooth sailing, with a planned railway line out of Nairobi through the park currently drawing the ire of conservationists. Let’s hope they get it right, for the sake of both animals and people.