Liv­ing as one

Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - Parting Shot -

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.

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