News at 9: World’s largest wildlife bridge in California, Rajasthan’s new tiger reserve and more

News at 9: World's largest wildlife bridge in California, Rajasthan's new tiger reserve and more

California is building the world’s largest wildlife crossing to help protect Mountain Lions, Rajasthan’s Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary notified as India’s 52nd tiger reserve and more in top stories of the day.

Construction starts on world’s largest wildlife crossing to let animals roam over 10 lanes of L.A. highway

With an aim to protect California’s ecosystems without jeopardizing the transportation and other infrastructure development that is needed for a growing population, wild animals in Southern California soon will have more turf to roam thanks to the world’s biggest wildlife crossing, which will span 10 lanes of Highway 101 in northwest Los Angeles to close a crucial gap for habitats. Mountain lions, which typically wander a territory spanning 150 to 200 miles, will be among the chief beneficiaries of the new overpass, providing a safe passage from the Santa Monica Mountains, across the freeway, and into the Simi Hills of the Santa Susana mountain range.
California’s cougars are getting the lion’s share of attention for this crossing, as their enclosure threatens their very existence, the NPS said. But it also will provide habitat access to coyotes, bobcats, deer, snakes, lizards, toads and even ants.

Rajasthan’s Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary notified as India’s 52nd tiger reserve

The Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary in Rajasthan was notified as India’s 52nd tiger reserve last week with an aim to conserve biodiversity and bring in ecotourism and development to the area. The newly notified tiger reserve includes the tiger habitat between Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in the northeast and Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve on the southern side and facilitates dispersal of tigers from Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.
Wild animals like Indian wolf, leopard, striped hyena, sloth bear, golden jackal, chinkara, nilgai and fox can be seen in the Ramgarh Vishdhari Tiger Reserve.

Somerset Levels ‘super nature reserve’ to be created to benefit UK’s rarest wildlife

A “super nature reserve” is being created across 15,000 acres of the Somerset landscape to protect saltmarsh, heath and wetland habitats. Natural England has announced a new Somerset Wetlands National Nature Reserve (NNR) in an area home to rare and threatened species. The Somerset Levels, moors and coast are a significant site for insects, including the hairy dragonfly.
The area is also home to the UK’s second largest spider, the raft spider.

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