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Animals evolved slowly over millions of years, giving them no time to adapt to sudden changes in their environment. One of the deadliest of these changes is the presence of massive metal objects – our cars – hurtling at speeds up to 100 mph on asphalt strips that suddenly crisscross ancient habitats. It’s no surprise that millions of animals are killed in auto collisions each year around the world.
Oh, and by the way, these collisions take thousands of human lives, too. Humans, being the most adaptable animal, have begun building bridges animals can use to cross our highways safely. They can be below ground, in the form of tunnels.
Or they can be above ground, like this one in Singapore. Together they mark a new way to make humankind’s romance with the automobile just a little safer for all Earth’s creatures.
This rope bridge was stretched across the Hume Highway with the squirrel glider in mind. However, all sorts of animals use it to make their crossing. Here, a cockatoo completes its walk.
Sure, it could just as well fly. But it’s always nice having the calorie-saving option of an afternoon stroll.
You don’t want a collision with a Grizzly Bear, and a Grizzly Bear doesn’t want a collision with your vehicle. This is an underpass beneath the TransCanada Highway. It helps keep the Banff National Park a single, contiguous habitat for bears and other wildlife.
It doesn’t take much. This simple gutter saves the lives of countless turtles that otherwise would become victims of that country’s famous high-speed rail.
Here’s a bridge designed specifically for Christmas Island’s crab citizenry.
Here’s an ‘ecoduct’ in the Banff National Park. Canada means business when it comes to protecting wildlife.
The salamander on the right says ‘Thanks, Bro!’ to the considerate folks who built him a tunnel beneath the road.
A blue penguin begins his waddle beneath a highway. As with the salamander underpass, you can see how CHEAP saving animal lives can be. It just takes a little initiative.
Germans know that nothing ‘un-pimps ze auto’ like hitting a deer at 95 mph. This elegant overpass helps everyone.
There’s no hurry if you’re an animal on this ecoduct. Stop a while, have a cool drink!
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Dan Ackroyd, Tim Burton