Infrastructure and wildlife conflict all too frequently as human populations explode around the planet. India is taking measures to stop the tragic deaths of elephants as they cross rail lines and become victims of speeding trains following the loss of 70 elephants since 2013. When you think about it we have a responsibility to give animals safe passage doing what we can to stop unnecessary deaths. Restricted speed limits have been put into place where there are elephant corridors and ramps are being built to allow the animals a way across the lines safely. Elephants have known routes they follow all their lives that can lead to tragedy as they unwittingly walk straight into disaster so it's up to us to find solutions to this carnage as we surge across and into just about every space on the planet squeezing animals into ever decreasing spaces.
The Animal Selfie Phenonomon
Emerging as a growing threat to wildlife in recent years is the obsession people have with the selfie. The increasingly popular selfie with wild animals creates all kinds of risks to both animals and people who will stop at nothing to get the perfect selfie so they can impress their 'friends'. So shallow to not care anything at all about the welfare of the animal and to put it at risk just for the instant gratification of getting as many likes as possible. Recent news of kangaroos attacking tourists in NSW show the ugly side of feeding wildlife in an attempt to get them closer for a photo. Kangaroos can be dangerous animals that can inflict serious wounds if they are aggravated which has been the case when food has been withdrawn or not given after people have been feeding them. How stupid can these people be I wonder ? Some serious fines need to be handed out to people who ignore signs not to feed wildlife.