The project will break ground on Earth Day.
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Roads make dangerous crossings and also isolate wild species from the habitats and resources they need to survive.
In Utah, for example, more than 50 structures cross over and under roads to help tortoises, deer, and other creatures cross unharmed.
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On Earth Day (April 22), California will break ground on the world’s largest wildlife bridge known as the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing.
Most notably, the bridge will connect the isolated habitats of specially protected cougars in the Santa Monica Mountains.
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Here are 8 more animals that will benefit from the world’s largest wildlife crossing:
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Smaller than mountain lions, these cats also live in fragmented habitats around LA and need a lot of space to hunt.
Other large predators like coyotes, which have been seen in larger numbers around LA in recent years, will also benefit from connected habitats.
Prey, too, will find a way across the bridge. Not to mention that native plants will grow on the crossing which herbivores can eat and use for shelter.
Smaller creatures like the Western fence lizard will be able to scurry their way to the other side of the land bridge.
Imagine how uncomfortable it would be to cross a 10-lane highway in the middle of summer by slithering on your stomach. The crossing will offer a refuge for many species of snakes.
Say goodbye to deer in the headlights — the corridor could help these starstruck creatures avoid deadly accidents on Highway 101.
Though birds can easily fly from one place to another, the crossing will provide food and nesting opportunities for native species such as the Wrentit, which lives in California year-round.
Even the smallest of creatures will benefit from the bridge, which in turn will strengthen the entire ecosystem.