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 Norðragøta on Eysturoy, Faroe Islands

Green bridge over the A20 near Grevesmühlen, 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)


17 thoughts on “Photography: Wildlife Crossings

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  2. Delft

    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?

    1. eMORFES Post author

      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.


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