Target: Foo Kee Heng- President of Shire of The Christmas Island Shire Council
Goal: Applaud Christmas Island rangers for creating a safe passage for red crab migration.
On Christmas island, millions of red crabs never see the end of their annual migration. Passing vehicles crush them as they pass through busy intersections and human and animal interference stops them long before they reach the ocean. Thanks to the intervention of the Christmas Island rangers, however, more crabs are reaching their destination now than ever before.
Every October, over 120 million red crabs march through Christmas Island towards the Indian Ocean. Here, they will begin their annual spawning ritual. The rangers of Christmas Island have taken action to protect this majestic species. The rangers set up ‘crab fences,’ comprised of aluminum, along the roads and built funneling systems to urge the crabs away from busy intersections. They erected bridges so that the crabs could pass over dangerous trenches and carved underpasses beneath the roads to avoid further traffic interference. Some roads are closed during the migration and residents and visitors of Christmas Island are encouraged to drive carefully during this time of the year. As the crabs appear throughout the island while migrating, the residents are instructed to show respect to the red crabs as they pass.
Thanks to the consideration and effort of the Christmas Island rangers, the majority of the crabs now make it to the ocean unharmed. Your signature below will urge the Christmas Island Shire Council to show appreciation to the rangers for their life-saving efforts and encourage them to continue educating the public to respect and value this and all animal life.
Dear Foo Kee Heng,
Over 120 million red crabs pass through Christmas Island every year in an attempt to reach their mating ground. These crabs encounter busy intersections, pedestrian traffic, and animal predators. Millions of them succumb to these barriers, preventing them from completing their important journey. Thanks to the interventions taken by the Christmas Island Rangers, safe passage has been secured. Their initiative to build crab bridges, underpasses, and funneling systems, has made it possible for more crabs to survive this all important journey.
The efforts of the Christmas Island rangers have not gone without notice. We ask that you reward the rangers responsible for the crab bridges, underpasses, and funneling systems and continue to encourage respect and support of the invaluable plant and animal life on Christmas Island.
[Your Name Here]
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