Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2024

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.







This article was first published in Mongabay.com