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Photography: Wildlife Crossings

Wildlife crossings are structures that allow animals to cross human-made barriers safely. They may include: underpass tunnels, viaducts, and overpasses (mainly for large or herd-type animals), fish ladders and green roofs (for butterflies and birds). Wildlife crossings are a practice in habitat conservation, allowing connections or re-connections 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.

Wildlife Overpass, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. (Image source)

Wildlife overpass covered with vegetation. (Photo by Scott Jackson)

John Day Dam fish ladder

Ecoduct in the Netherlands, bridge wildlife overpass. (Image credit: Henri Conmornt, RWS)

Ecoduct crossing E314 in Belgium. (Image source)

Traditional buildings with green roofs at Nor├░rag├Şta on Eysturoy, Faroe Islands

Green bridge over the A20 near Grevesm├╝hlen, Germany. (Image source)

Wildlife overpass near Keechelus Lake, Washington, USA. (Image courtesy of WSDOT)

Trans-Canada wildlife overpass. (Image source)

Ecoduct The Borkeld, Netherlands. (Image source)

Animal bridge (Image source)

Elephant underpass in Kenya

Overpass for crabs – Christmas Island National Park, Australia. (Image source)

15 responses

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  2. petit4chocolatier


    October 28, 2012 at 01:14

  3. What a fabulous collection. I never even knew these existed.

    October 26, 2012 at 00:34

  4. jongampark

    Great and brilliant!

    October 21, 2012 at 07:07

  5. gypsy116

    Thats awesome, I wish there were more things like this :)

    October 17, 2012 at 23:16

  6. I like the grass-roofed buildings. On Vancouver Island, there is a building with goats grazing on the roof.

    October 16, 2012 at 14:37

  7. Reblogged this on D├╝┼č├╝nseli.

    October 16, 2012 at 02:17

  8. Those grass roofed homes are awesome

    October 15, 2012 at 21:07

  9. Amazing. I agree, the fish ladder is cool, never heard of those before.
    Though sometimes I wonder how the animals know there’s a wildlife crossing 2 miles to the south? And how do the crabs recognise this is a bridge?

    October 15, 2012 at 09:42

    • I think the animals during their migration follow certain routes. And as you can see in the picture above, they’ve fenced the side of the road with a low sheet of plastic which keeps the crabs off the roads and directs them through the crossing. In any case the aim is to reduce the road toll of animals.

      October 15, 2012 at 14:53

  10. I like special the crab and the green bridge!

    October 15, 2012 at 08:48

  11. sjp

    What an amazing innovation!

    October 15, 2012 at 06:43

  12. Reblogged this on msamba.

    October 15, 2012 at 03:56

  13. Some of those are beautiful – I never knew they built animal crossings that are so big. The fish ladder – particularly cool.

    October 15, 2012 at 01:00

  14. These are super-useful and look quite good in their environments too!

    October 15, 2012 at 00:26

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