Connecting two nature reserves over the Bukit Timah Expressway, the bridge, named Eco-Link@BKE, allows wildlife to move between the Bukit Timah and Central Catchment Nature Reserves. It was completed in 2013 and in Nov 2015 the first humans were allowed to tour it in small groups.
The National Parks Board said insects, butterflies and birds to other animals like the pangolin, flying squirrel, palm civet and porcupine use the bridge as well. Already, more than 15 species of mammals and birds have been spotted using the green corridor, and deaths of the endangered pangolin have already been reduced. In fact in this area, no pangolin deaths occurred in traffic between April 2014 and October 2015 when sources for this article were written (below).
Animal crossings benefit rare native plants, such as the Singapore Walking Stick Palm, which is pollinated and dispersed by animals. More than 3,000 native flora grow on the bridge. Some of these reach heights of 15m and simulate the natural habitat of animal, and are great for noise reduction and dust control from the road below.
You cannot just walk on the bridge, it’s illegal. You must register online for a tour.
This is not a new concept as other countries including Germany and the United States have Eco-bridges, but it is quite an awesome concept and of great value to our environment and all that live in it.
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