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5 Things You Need to Know About Wildlife Corridors

5 Things You Need to Know About Wildlife Corridors
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Written by Michael Graham Richard, Treehugger

We live in a very inter-connected world. This is something that conservationists have learned when studying the species that they are trying to protect; It’s not good enough to create protected habitats that are isolated, like islands surrounded by roads, fences, farmlands, cities, etc. That’s not how most species have evolved. Their habitats need to be connected to others via wildlife corridors if life there is to really thrive and be robust enough to survive in the long-term. Here’s a few reason why these corridors are so important:

 

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1. Some species need to travel long distances to survive

Some species, such as wolves, grizzly bears, elks, cougars, lynx, etc, need to travel long distances to survive. Sometimes protected habitat areas are large enough to provide the needed space, but often they are too small, and without safe corridors to move around, the animals are exposed to all kinds of dangers. The corridors provide a kind of safety valve for protected habitats that are too small, allowing especially the large carnivores to find ways to roam to their heart’s content between different ‘islands’ without being exposed to potentially fatal dangers.

Top picture from doug88888 via flickr

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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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