Ark in Space

Parks Australia – Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Discover the hard work that goes into preparing for the mighty annual migration of Christmas Island's red crabs. Park staff set up temporary fencing to keep crabs off the roads and funnel them to special crab crossings. The crossings need to be cleared of a year's worth of debris in order to be effective.

Staff and locals alike man the roads with garden rakes to help keep the crabs out from under the cars. This huge effort has resulted in a lot more crabs safely reaching the coast to spawn.

For more information, please visit: environment.gov.au/parks/christmas/explore/migration.html

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