Safe passage for animals! This wildlife crossing spanning a German autobahn enables native wildlife to safely cross a man-made barrier – simultaneously allowing the free flow of passenger traffic and cargo transports
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An overgrown bridge across the motorway? The overpass spanning a highway east of Germany’s capital, Berlin, is a so-called wildlife crossing. DB Schenker’s domestic market alone features dozens of similar structures – with numbers rising from year to year. They have proven to be an effective means of combating a problem that is common in many places around the world but particularly prevalent in a densely populated country with a tightly-knit transport infrastructure network like Germany: highways penetrate and divide the habitat of wildlife populations. Animal welfare is not the only motive for undertaking such preventative measures. The aim is also to avoid collisions between vehicles and animals which may endanger human lives – and also jeopardize the free movement of people and goods.