Pachyderm No. 57 July 2015–June 2016
Balancing conservation and infrastructure developmentConserving land and ecosystem connectivity for wildlife is increasingly a global challenge as demand for infrastructure development to meet growing human population needs encroaches in many traditional wildlife areas. The survival of wildlife species in arid and semi-arid systems requires interconnected landscapes, and limiting animal movement greatly reduces the system’s ability to sustain viable wildlife populations (Vasudev et al. 2015). Major infrastructural developments such as multi-lane highways and railways can sever wildlife movement often with negative consequences (Clevenger and Waltho 2005; van-der-Ree et al. 2011; Xia et al. 2007).