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Wildlife Bridges and Crossings
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Wildlife Overpass, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
In Banff National Park, there are currently 41 wildlife crossing structures (6 overpasses and 35 underpasses) that help wildlife safely cross the busy Trans-Canada Highway. Since monitoring began in 1996, 11 species of large mammals, including bears, elk and cougar, have used crossing structures more than 200,000 times.
Mandai Wildlife Bridge, Mandai Lake Road, Singapore
It has been 60 years since the pristine Central Catchment Nature Reserve (CCNR) was cut into two by Mandai Lake Road. An animal-only bridge that allows wildlife to safely cross above the busy road near the Singapore Zoo opened in December 2019.
Ecoduct, Highway A50, De Woeste Hoeve, Netherlands
The Netherlands contains an impressive display of over 600 wildlife crossings (including underpasses and ecoducts) that have been used to protect populations of wild boar, red deer, roe deer and the endangered European badger.
Crab Bridge, Christmas Island National Park, Christmas Island, Australia
A crab bridge was built on Christmas Island, Australia to assist the 50 million red crabs in their annual migration to the sea to lay their eggs in the Indian Ocean.
A list of my favorite images of wildlife bridges and crossings.
Wildlife crossings are structures that allow animals to cross human-made barriers safely.
Wildlife crossings may include: underpass tunnels or wildlife tunnels, viaducts and overpasses or green bridges (mainly for large or herd-type animals); amphibian tunnels; fish ladders; canopy bridges (especially for monkeys and squirrels), tunnels and culverts (for small mammals such as otters, hedgehogs and badgers) and green roofs (for butterflies and birds).
Wildlife crossings are a practice in habitat conservation, allowing connections or reconnections between habitats, combating habitat fragmentation.
They also assist in avoiding collisions between vehicles and animals, which in addition to killing or injuring wildlife may cause injury to humans and property damage.
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