View Full Version : Germany spends millions on animal-only bridges

09-19-2013, 01:03 PM
Germany is living up to its environmentally-friendly image by spending millions of euros on building bridges just for animals. Humans caught crossing them face a €35 fine. More than a hundred wildlife bridges are to be built in the next decade.


Gerhard Klesen, a forester employed by the Ruhr Regional Association, spent a decade campaigning for an animal-only bridge to be built over a motorway in the town of Schermbeck in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Man-made barriers such as roads and canals restrict animals' natural movement, he said. That limits genetic diversity, which in turn leads to an increase in disease and shortened lifespans. The ‘Green Bridges’ are designed to counteract this effect.

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09-20-2013, 06:37 AM
That's a really interesting post. Thank you so much! I didn't know that Germany was in the forefront of constructing such bridges. They exist in other EU countries, but not on this scale. Wonderful news.
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