Bridges built for monkeys to cross new reservoir
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.