Two zebras died after they were hit by a speeding lorry on the newly upgraded Kimana-Emali road yesterday morning.
The zebras were found dead by a group of tourists heading to Amboseli National Park. The tourists reported distress and sadness at the incident, with the residents in the area recognising the toll the road has taken on wildlife.
Tourists have joined the appeal by residents of the area for speed bumps to be erected along the road to protect the wildlife. Last month, three Grevy's zebra, endangered species, were hit by a speeding private vehicle. A young male lion was also run over by a speeding vehicle in May and numerous hyena and other wildlife have also died along the road.
According to Kenya Wildlife Service spokesperson Paul Mbugua, there is need for a law to deal with traffic offences against wildlife. Residents say upgrading of the road to bitumen standards has placed the lives of many animals at risk from speeding drivers.