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| Last Updated:: 18/10/2021

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.







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