Wildlife and Transport Programme

The EWT’s Wildlife and Transport Programme is working to reduce the negative impacts of transport infrastructure on wildlife, and ultimately improve driver safety through a reduction in wildlife-vehicle-collisions.

We have all accidentally collided with an animal at some point in our lives, be it a small butterfly, a bird or something larger like a kudu. While smaller species may not result in a human injury or damage to a vehicle, collisions with larger species can cause significant damage, and be fatal to vehicle occupants. An average of 45 people are killed each day in vehicle collisions on South African roads, with many of these collisions involving animals. Insurance claims suggest that approximately R82.5 million is paid each year against vehicle collisions with wild animals, though the costs of these collisions to wildlife are never calculated. So what are the consequences for animals? The EWT’s Wildlife and Transport Programme is tackling this question as well as working to find solutions to the problems associated with wildlife and transport infrastructure.

We achieve this through the following projects:

• Gathering the Facts: Research and Monitoring of Wildlife and Transport
• Roads in Parks
• Making a Difference on Roads in South Africa: Tools that Drive Mitigation
• Travelling in New Directions: Impacts of Linear Infrastructure on Wildlife.
Target species:

• Samango Monkey
• Giant Bullfrog
• Serval
• Various others, as affected by road infrastructure

For more information, contact Wendy Collinson-Jonker

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