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Officials to install wildlife crossing signs along Riviera Maya highway

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Wildlife crossing areas been pinpointed along the Cancun to Chetumal highway with the first sign nearly ready for placement.

Federal and state authorities have located the areas where they say wildlife cross the highway most often. The collaborative work between the Ministry of Communications and Transportation and the Secretary of Environment will result in the first wildlife crossing signs being posted.

The first signs are set to be installed along the highway between the Xcaret theme park and the facilities of the mining company Calica.

Elvira Carvajal Hinojosa, director of the Institute of Biodiversity and Natural Protected Areas in Quintana Roo explained, “There is a road that goes toward Chiquilá where wildlife cross. We are working with the Ministry of Communications and Transportation, Profepa, the PPA and local jaguar specialists to identify places where we know that wildlife cross.”

She explained that in that section of roadway, the possibility of a bridge or an underground passage is being analyzed. The final decision will depend on studies and the physical context of the section of highway.

“Studies are needed to determine the best points, which are not in flood zones or with urban projection that will be affected in a few years,” said explained.

From previous years, various researchers and activists have pointed out the need to help protect the wildlife that are continually run over in the corridor of Riviera Maya.