Wildlife corridor is a road to survival for animals in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest

Wildlife corridor is a road to survival for animals in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest

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Noel Kirkpatrick

Brazil’s Atlantic Forest once covered around 330 million acres, a swath of land roughly twice the size of Texas. Today, more than 85 percent of that land has been cleared, leaving a fragmented area that puts a great deal of pressure on the remaining wildlife.

A way to lessen that fragmentation has emerged, however, thanks to the efforts of three conservationist organizations. SavingSpecies, Brazilian NGO Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado (AMLD) and the Netherlands-based DOB Ecology have purchased the land necessary to create a wildlife corridor stretching across a busy highway that will allow wildlife to circulate out of a biological reserve located in what’s left of the Atlantic Forest…