In India they build elevated roads to protect tigers from cars
Given the need to connect cities, roads and highways are built, which often have to cross jungles and protected areas, which endangers the wildlife that lives there.
Indian authorities built a causeway as part of a wildlife protection strategy.
The Indian government had the brilliant idea of making one of their roads slightly above ground. In this way, he guaranteed the protection of the tigers that must cross that region, who often suffered car accidents.
This road is more than 50 kilometers long and runs through the Kanha, Pench and Navegaon Nagzira Biological Reserves. It joins the states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharastra, and the national highways 7 and 4. That is to say, it is an important and very busy road.
The animals that make their home in these reserves roam the area freely and when crossing the roads they put their lives at risk. Previously, it was common to find run over animals. This put the life and preservation of various protected species at risk, such as leopards, deer, gazelles, sloth bears, Indian bison, porcupines and Bengal tigers.
These tigers were the most affected, since it is estimated that 33% of them (688 specimens) are found in the reserves of central India; a considerable number of specimens. According to the National Tiger Conservation Authority, 80 to 100 adult tigers are needed for it to be self-sustaining.
That is why the government’s decision to rebuild this stretch of road with a sufficient height to allow animals to cross was very successful; since it ensures the conservation of species in the reserve.
Now the animals can walk calmly and this is demonstrated by the hidden cameras, which have captured more than 5 thousand animals walking through this space.
India is not the only place in the world where there are roads through protected areas, so we hope that more governments will replicate this idea for the welfare of their animals.