Lion-Tailed Macaque and Traffic, Someshwara

Vishwanath M K

Chosen as 'Picture of the Week'

Enabling canopy connectivity of native forest trees, providing clear signboards of wildlife crossing areas and preventing feeding of animals by tourists will help conserve these macaques in a human-modified landscape.

This image is from the Agumbe – Someshwara main road in the Malnad region of Karnataka. This is a very busy road as it provides the shortest connection from Shimoga to coastal towns like Manipal, Mangalore and Udupi. Sadly, there are no signboards or speed-breakers to notify wildlife crossing areas.

The lion-tailed macaque (Macaca silenus) is an endangered and endemic macaque found only in the tropical rainforests of the Western Ghats. These macaques can benefit from ecologically informed and sensitive actions. It is essential to safeguard their habitat from further deterioration and prevent feeding of macaques by tourists. Enabling canopy connectivity of native forest trees above roads will enable their movement. On the roads, clear signboards should notify vehicles of wildlife crossing areas.

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