AGOURA HILLS, Calif. (KABC)– Several cities across Los Angeles celebrate the annual Urban Wildlife Week. Many people came to the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing open house in Agoura Hills on Sunday afternoon to learn how to protect and live with wildlife.
The open house was intended to celebrate the wildlife crossing being built across the 101 Freeway and what it can do for wildlife.
The National Wildlife Foundation and the Annenberg Foundation have partnered with Snap Inc. to bring a new augmented reality experience to people. On the Snapchat app, people were able to see the new bridge and learn about how it will provide a safe path for animals to cross the 101 Freeway.
“So it’s not just like using your imagination to picture it, you can actually see what the bridge will look like when it’s finished,” said Jasson Crockett of Snap Inc.
Once inside the app, people could click and understand the blueprint and learn more about the animals that will benefit from the project.
Earlier this year, the project broke ground, meaning all the hard work of years of advocacy and fundraising has paid off. The National Wildlife Federation’s Beth Pratt is excited that mountain lions like P-22 will be safer.
“If landscapes aren’t connected, they can’t get food, they can’t get mates. With the mountain lions, they inbreed themselves out of existence,” Pratt said.
The construction of the bridge is expected to be completed by 2025.
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