Animal Bridges

Generically these are known as Animals Crossings as any fabricated structure, which facilitates the movements of animals across an impeding obstacle such as roads, or railway line could serve as a crossing. 

However, as the most spectacular crossings are bridges, the focus will be on bridges. 

Main picture: A Green Wildlife Bridge over an Autobahn in Germany

Even though the primary focus of conservation efforts are on the preservation of their habitats and their numbers, a lesser factor in these efforts is to prevent the fragmentation of the habitat into unsustainable pieces of land.

A Grizzly Bear Emerging from an Underpass after Crossing the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park

A Grizzly Bear Emerging from an Underpass after Crossing the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park

Every additional highway or railway line has the unintended consequence of fragmenting the natural habitat penning animals into an ever-diminishing area. The inexorably consequence is species gene pool being shrunken. In addition, the natural range of many animals is vast.

A Rope Bridge Over The Hume Freeway In Victoria

A Rope Bridge over the Hume Freeway in Victoria

In order to overcome all these negative consequences, many countries with potent wildlife conservation ethics, have since the 1950s been constructing animal bridges.

B38 – Birkenau, Germany

B38 – Birkenau, Germany

Obviously, a subsidiary benefit of these bridges is the reduction of animal/car collisions.

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Blue Penguin Underpass In New Zealand

Blue Penguin Underpass In New Zealand

Crab Bridge On Christmas Island

Crab Bridge On Christmas Island

Ecoduct Kikbeek over the E314.

Ecoduct Kikbeek over de E314.

Ecoduct In Banff National Park, Canada

Ecoduct In Banff National Park, Canada

Ecoduct in Singapore

Ecoduct in Singapore

Flathead Indian Reservation, Montana, USA

Flathead Indian Reservation, Montana, USA

Highway A50 in The Netherlands

Highway A50 in The Netherlands

Near Keechelus Lake, Washington, USA

Near Keechelus Lake, Washington, USA

Salamander tunnels in New England

Salamander tunnels in New England

Scotch Plains, New Jersey, USA

Scotch Plains, New Jersey, USA

The Borkeld, The Netherlands

The Borkeld, The Netherlands

The Netherlands

The Netherlands

Turtle Tunnel In Japan

Turtle Tunnel In Japan

Wildlife Crossing In Belgium

Wildlife Crossing In Belgium

nterstate 78, Wachtung Reservation, New Jersey, USA


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