The humble rope - a tool in wildlife conservation

A rope linking two patches of forest across a water body at Mandai Road is seen here. The rope bridge is part of a trial by NParks which is looking into ways of improving connectivity for animals to travel safely through fragmented landscapes.
A rope linking two patches of forest across a water body at Mandai Road is seen here. The rope bridge is part of a trial by NParks which is looking into ways of improving connectivity for animals to travel safely through fragmented landscapes.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

On your next visit to Upper Seletar Reservoir in the Mandai area, look out for a thin rope stretching across the water.

You may catch a glimpse of a squirrel, or, if you are lucky, the rare Raffles' banded langur - a critically endangered monkey - using it as a bridge over the reservoir.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 26, 2018, with the headline 'The humble rope - a tool in wildlife conservation'. Print Edition | Subscribe