Bridges built for mon­keys to cross new reser­voir

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS­CAP­SULE -

Two sus­pen­sion bridges are be­ing con­structed for mon­keys at a na­ture re­serve in He­nan prov­ince.

The bridges — which will cost around 5 mil­lion yuan ($812,281) — will con­nect two moun­tains that will be sep­a­rated by a reser­voir be­ing built as part of a flood con­trol sys­tem. The reser­voir will cre­ate a 600-hectare wa­ter area be­tween the moun­tains that will cut off the mi­gra­tion route of the 500 macaques that the lo­cal forestry ad­min­is­tra­tion said live in the moun­tains.

The bridges will be 250 me­ters long, 1.5 me­ters wide and 10 me­ters above the wa­ter sur­face. Food will be used to in­duce the mon­keys to cross the bridges.

The lo­cal forestry ad­min­is­tra­tion said that about 500 macaques are liv­ing near the reser­voir.

The plan is un­prece­dented in China’s his­tory of wildlife pro­tec­tion, an ex­pert said.

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