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5 Things You Need to Know About Wildlife Corridors

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4. Some wildlife corridors are naturally occurring, some need to be created

Sometimes, wildlife corridors were already present and all we need to do is protect them. For example, sometimes a narrow valley between mountains will act as a natural funnel and help bring species from one area to another. But sometimes, there are no natural corridors, and nature needs our help. That’s where conservation NGOs like the National Wildlife Federation, the Nature Conservancy, and others, come into play.

Wikipedia lists a few artificial wildlife corridors:

  • the Pasťo Pantera (also known as the MesoAmerican Biological corridor or Pasťo del Jaguar)
  • the Eastern Himalayan Corridor
  • China-Russia Tiger Corridor
  • Tandai Tiger Corridor
  • the European Green Belt
  • The Siju-Rewak Corridor, located in the Garo Hills of India, protects an important population of elephants(thought to be approximately 20% of all the elephants that survive in the country).This corridor project links together the Siju Wildlife Sanctuary and the Rewak Reserve Forest in Meghalaya State, close to the India-Bangladesh border. This area lies within the meeting place of the Himalayan Mountain Range and the Indian Peninsula and contains at least 139 other species of mammal, including Tiger, Clouded Leopard and the Himalayan Black Bear.
  • the Ecologische Hoofdstructuur is a network of corridors and habitats created for wildlife in the Netherlands

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7:51AM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

4:56PM PDT on Apr 17, 2012

That was very interesting and helpful.

11:54AM PST on Jan 19, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

6:05AM PST on Jan 2, 2012

Thankyou for this vital information. Very interesting indeed.

6:48PM PST on Dec 30, 2011

Someone should point out that annual migrations of animals play a critical role in factors we don't always see. For example, the wildebeest migrations from Tanzania into Kenya are VITAL in keeping grasslands arable, fertilized, seeded, etc.

And, of course, carnivores depend on migrations.

9:09AM PST on Dec 16, 2011

I was interested to see the interest in wildlife corridors, as the World Land Trust is funding several of these, in India (for elephants and tigers etc), as well as in Argentina and other parts of South America. They are definitely a good use of scarce funding, and more details are on our website.
John Burton, CEO, WorldLand Trust

8:50AM PST on Dec 9, 2011

Interesting read, thank you.

7:41AM PST on Dec 3, 2011

interesting article, thanks for sharing :)

12:50PM PST on Nov 25, 2011

Many persons are not aware of this although they should be if they give it a reasonable second thought. It should be obvious that confinement is unatural, even if it is on a large scale, to most preditors and grazers. Thank you very much for bringing it to our attention though. They are many variables to consider when trying to provide a safe haven for these animals, and we must take care to overlook none of them.

12:23AM PST on Nov 19, 2011

thanks for the info. love the pictures.

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