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1st wildlife crossing to be opened

Writer: Zhang Yu  | Editor: Stephanie Yang  | From:  | Updated: 2018-10-11

The city’s first wildlife crossing is scheduled to start construction in Nao’ao of Dapeng Peninsula, according to the Dapeng New Area Urban Administration Bureau, the Shenzhen Special Zone Daily reported.

The concrete structure over Pingxi Road is located between Qiniang Mountain and Paiya Mountain in the north of Nan’ao. It is designed to provide a semi-natural corridor so that animals can safely cross without endangering themselves and motorists.

This May, the new area’s urban administration bureau carried out a study on the construction of an ecological corridor and monitored the mountainous area and main roads in Dapeng Peninsula for a month.

Twenty-four infrared trigger monitors were installed in the mountainous area and a total of 327 photos and 81 videos were recorded, according to the report. In particular, the study recorded 15 species of wild animals, including a hog-nosed badger that was first discovered in Shenzhen.

Meanwhile, the bureau conducted nine surveys of wildlife deaths on five roads on the peninsula, recording 383 road fatalities involving more than 40 species of wild animals. Among the fatalities were 281 amphibians of 12 species, 85 reptiles of 21 species, three birds of three species and 14 mammals of four species.

At present, the preparatory work for the ecological crossing for wildlife has been completed and will start construction soon, according to the report.

The crossing spans 60 meters and is 50 meters wide and 6.5 meters below a bridge. Moreover, sound insulation, shading and shock absorption technologies will be adopted to create a natural ecological environment for animals.