Why Wild Animals Need Wildlife Corridors
The Jaguar needs a corridor to roam. This photo was taken in the Santa Rita Mountains by Fish & Wildlife Service.
A recent article by Russell Mclendon, posted on Mother Nature Network, discusses the importance of wildlife corridors.
Quote from article:
Habitat loss has become the No. 1 threat to Earth’s wildlife. It’s the main reason why 85 percent of all species on the IUCN Red List
are endangered, and why the planet is on the brink of a mass extinction event
, with species now vanishing at thousands of times the historical background rate
. This is partly due to activities like deforestation that damage ecosystems directly, but also to subtler dangers like habitat fragmentation
by roads, buildings or farms and degradation by pollution or climate change.
Thankfully, we don’t have to dig up roads or relocate cities to fix this. It’s surprisingly possible to co-exist with wildlife, as long as we set aside enough space to provide buffers between us. And that means not just protecting a hodgepodge of habitats; it means reconnecting them via wildlife corridors and large-scale “wildways,” much like the way we build highways to link our own habitats.”