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Good fences make good neighbours – and this is particularly true in wilderness areas where herders need to protect their homesteads (bomas) and livestock from predators. However, the traditional use of ‘fences’ made from acacia trees led to deforestation. A new technique, using transplanted branches of living trees, is environmentally friendly and long-lasting. The bomas are assembled using the branches as fence posts and wire mesh fencing. As these thorny trees grow, these “living enclosures” become an environmentally friendly, long-lasting physical and visual barrier to predator.s