Central China’s Henan province intends to spend 5 million yuan (US$812,500) in building two suspension bridges for monkeys to visit each other on both sides of the river, Da He Daily reported on Monday.
Henan’s Jiyuan city has more than 20 groups of 3,000 macaques, and more than 500 of them live on both sides of the city’s Qinhe River.
Four bridges used to span the river and were used by both vehicles and macaques. However, the structures were destroyed as the Hekou reservoir will start storing water this month, thus separating the monkeys living in mountains on both sides of the river.
The Hekou reservoir is a key part of the flood control system of the lower reaches of Yellow River, the report said.
To minimize the impact of the Hekou reservoir construction on the macaques’ living environment, the local government intends to build two suspension bridges, each about 250 meters long and 1.5 meters wide.
The bridges can accommodate 150 macaques crossing the river at the same time, the report said, adding that the plan is unprecedented in China’s history of wildlife protection.
The new bridges are expected to be completed this October, the newspaper said.
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