Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Sunday, June 26, 2022

A bridge of trees reunites gibbons separated by a railway line in Assam

 

 

 

by Anuraag Baruah

 

 

 

  • For the hoolock gibbons of India’s Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary, a rail line bisecting the forest has for decades proved an impassable barrier, dividing the animals into two separate areas.

 

 

  • In 2006, conservationists, the local forest department and communities began planting thousands of trees along the tracks in an effort to create a natural canopy bridge.

 

 

  • The tree-planting effort finally bore fruit in 2019, when the first gibbons were observed crossing over the tracks.

 

 

  • This year, an entire family has been observed making use of the bridge.

 

 

 

 

 

Source:

This article was first published in Mongabay.com

 

https://india.mongabay.com/2021/10/a-bridge-of-trees-reunites-gibbons-separated-by-a-railway-line-in-assam/