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Kenting National Park to Protect Land Crabs through Traffic Control Measures in 2021

The peak breeding season for land crabs in Kenting takes place from the 6th lunar month to the 8th lunar month every year, and many egg-bearing female land crabs trek to the coast to release their young during the night of full moon. The childbirth journey is full of dangers, and many crabs tragically lose their lives when they try to cross roads, ending their journey as roadkill. The Kenting National Park calls on the public driving on the Kenting Coastal Highway to slow down and give way to land crabs and other animals, so that the roads in the National Parks can be more friendly and safe to other creatures.

This year, Kenting National Park Headquarters is planning to enforce a 2km crab protection traffic control zone along Shadao Road (39.5k-41.5k) in Banana Bay on the Provincial Highway 26 during the land crab breeding season. Only 2 lanes will be accessible on the original 4 lane highway. The outer lanes will be closed in both directions. Scheduled road closures "Please Slow Down, Thank You from the Crabs" will be implemented. The period of traffic control will allow and suspend traffic access to roads in 10-minute interchanging intervals, and a guiding vehicle will instruct cars to slow down, so that the land crabs may safely cross the road to release larvae. The implementation periods will be July 24 to 26 and August 22 to 24 from 18:30 to 20:30 and September 21 to 23 from 18:00 to 20:00.

Kenting National Park to Protect Land Crabs through Traffic Control Measures in 2021.
Kenting National Park to Protect Land Crabs through Traffic Control Measures in 2021.
The land crabs may safely cross the road to release larvae.
The land crabs may safely cross the road to release larvae.
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