Highways piercing through pristine forests are not something new in the world. In fact, the problem has not only violated the ecological balance in many biodiversity hotspots around the globe but led to the death of countless wild animals also, who, unaware of the bane of modern civilisation, tried to cross the roads with traffic at shooting speeds. In many cases, road accidents are the main threat to the survival of endangered animal species. However, unknown to most people, many countries have been constructing wildlife bridges to allow a free, unperturbed passage to animals across busy highways.
From a bridge for crabs to turtle tunnel under a railway track, a blue penguin underpass or an overpass for deers, many countries have contrived engineering marvels for preserving the precious fauna in their shrinking habitats.
Efforts For Good presents you glimpses of the most notable wildlife passes and walkways around the world.
Crab Bridge in Christmas Island, Australia
Bridge for animals in North Brabant Province, Netherlands
Ecoduct Duinpoort, The Netherlands
Animal Crossing Bridge, The Netherlands
Bee Highway in Oslo, Norway
Turtle Tunnel, Japan
Blue Penguin Underpass, New Zealand
The blue penguins are happily taking to their new underpass – the first of its kind in New Zealand! This underpass helps provide safe passage for the penguins from the harbour to their nests across the busy road. To monitor the use of the passage, we set up a few cameras. With a little light at the end of the tunnel to guide the way, the little blues just waddle on through! #penguins #LittleBluesInOamaru #OBPC #wildlife #WaitakiNZ
Posted by Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony on Thursday, November 3, 2016
Rope Bridge in Victoria, Australia
Eco Link @BKE, Singapore
Salmon Cannon in Columbia River, Eastern Washington, USA
Wildlife Overpass in Alberta, Canada
Wildlife Overpass In Banff, Alberta
Wildlife Crossing in Belgium
Elephant Underpass in Kenya
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In India, many highways, expressways or railway tracks pass through protected wildlife sanctuaries, often resulting in the death of elephants and other herd animals. Indian wildlife authorities should take inspiration from other countries and replicate similar overpasses or underpasses that prevent accidental deaths of wild animals.