Photo Series: Wildlife Bridges Across The World Are Saving Hundreds Of Animals From Road Accidents

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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.

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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.

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Crab Bridge in Christmas Island, Australia

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Source: parkaustralia (Instagram)

Bridge for animals in North Brabant Province, Netherlands

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Credits: rijkswaterstaat.nl

Ecoduct Duinpoort, The Netherlands

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Credits: masterok.livejournal.com

Animal Crossing Bridge, The Netherlands

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Credits: old.cbw.ge

Bee Highway in Oslo, Norway

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Credits: Ecowatch

Turtle Tunnel, Japan

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Blue Penguin Underpass, New Zealand

Blue Penguin Underpass, Oamaru

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

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Credits: Sydney Morning Herald

Eco Link @BKE, Singapore

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Credits: blogs.ntu.edu.sg

Salmon Cannon in Columbia River, Eastern Washington, USA

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Credits: www.amazing-places.com

Wildlife Overpass in Alberta, Canada

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Credits: World Atlas

Wildlife Overpass In Banff, Alberta

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Credits: cheezburger.com

Wildlife Crossing in Belgium

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Credits: BoredPanda

Elephant Underpass in Kenya

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Credits: djc.com

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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.

Also Read: To Feed Roadside Monkeys, Fruit Trees To Be Planted In 850+ Acres By Odisha Forest Dept

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‘Happy Fridge’: The Key To Bridge Food Wastage And Hunger Problem In India

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Rahul Khera and Gautam Jindal, volunteers (aka hunger heroes) at Feeding India, were among the many Delhi NCR residents accustomed to seeing hungry children pick up half-eaten burgers or stale sandwiches from the dustbin and savour those with the brightest smiles. Like many others, they also had the will to promote equitable food distribution but was perplexed about the approach, until they learnt about the community fridge initiative which has gained unprecedented success in Saudi Arabia and few other European countries. Meanwhile, community fridges were already being installed outside restaurants or in public places in a handful of cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Coimbatore and Kochi.

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Needless to mention, with a shocking 103rd rank in the Global Hunger Index and a food wastage estimate of around Rs 58,000 crore – India was perhaps the best country to implement such an initiative. With Gautam’s help, an enthusiastic Rahul invested his own savings to install a ‘Happy Fridge’ outside his residence at Sun City, Sector 54 in Gurgaon. Set up in 2017 by these Feeding India volunteers, the fridge in Gurgaon has inspired the NGO to scale up the project across India.

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‘Happy Fridge’ fostered many smiles

It didn’t take long for the local residents to learn about this laudable endeavour. They welcomed it, as wastage of excess food was a recurring problem in almost every household. “Intimating the localities was no mammoth task, thanks to social media. However, it was difficult to spread the word among those who actually needed the food,” shares Rahul, who went from auto stands to slums, inviting rickshaw pullers, ragpickers or roadside vendors to avail the community fridge any time they feel hungry. “The security guards of our residential complex played a huge role in explaining how the fridge works to the beneficiaries,” he adds.

The operational and maintenance costs of the ‘ happy fridge ‘ are being maintained diligently by the community members.

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“I remember one young man who had arrived from a village looking for some menial day job. Somehow he had run out of his paltry savings and had no money to buy one decent meal a day. For about a month, our happy fridge was his solace, till he earned his first salary from a housekeeping job,” shares a jubilant Rahul.

In another incident, a truck driver returning in the wee hours of midnight was starving after a whole day’s hard work. He had run out of cooking fuel at his home, so our fridge was at his rescue.

“The residents keep all sorts of palatable dishes in the happy fridge, ranging from dry snacks, fruits to cooked meals. Sometimes, they even keep raw vegetables, to ensure not a single bit of good food ends up in their trash while other people go hungry to bed,” reveals Rahul.

On an average, each happy fridge supplies around 10-15 meals in a day. The gratitude and pure smiles of the hungry souls after a fulfilling meal are more than enough to continue to motivate Rahul and his neighbours. In fact, inspired by him, many other communities in the Delhi-NCR region set up community fridges in their areas.

Feeding India will set up 500 Happy Fridges

Since the past few years, Feeding India has been a prominent organisation working in the forefront to solve the hunger problem in India. Primarily, they were involved in redistributing leftover food from weddings and parties among the underprivileged people in different cities of India. Their volunteers, better known as “Hunger Heroes of India”, worked actively to bridge the gap between food wastage and food crisis.

“We used to get a lot of calls from individual households to collect their excess food. However, unfortunately, we lacked the manpower and planning to launch our programme on a door to door basis. We were desperately looking for an alternative when we learnt about the community fridges,” shares Srishti Jain, co-founder of Feeding India.

After interacting with Rahul Khera and other campaigners of community fridges, Feeding India decided to amplify this extraordinary project throughout the length and breadth of India. Presently, they have launched the #FightFoodWaste campaign to install 500 community fridges – nicknamed ‘ Happy Fridge ’. So any passer-by – be it a kid going to school without a lunchbox, or a labourer returning home late at night with no promise of a dinner – can now grab a pack of biscuits or a bowl of ‘dal-chawal’ (rice & lentil soup) to satiate their hunger. Click here to contribute for ‘ Happy Fridge ‘ and ensure India never sleeps hungry again.

Feeding India also urges everyone to make a promise to stop wasting food and instead consider donating it to those in need.

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