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The Wallis Annenberg

Wildlife Crossing

Photo: © Johanna Turner/Cougarmagic

The Wallis Annenberg

Wildlife Crossing

Photo: © Johanna Turner/Cougarmagic

The Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing is located in the homelands of the Chumash.

$85M

Campaign Goal

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5K+

Donors

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90.6%

Goal Achieved

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$77+M

Raised

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“Wildlife crossings restore ecosystems that had been fractured and disrupted.  They reconnect lands and species that are aching to be whole. I believe these crossings go beyond mere conservation, toward a kind of environmental rejuvenation that is long overdue.”

Wallis Annenberg

Chairman, President, and CEO of Annenberg Foundation

Reconnecting Natural Habitat

“Twenty years of research shows that the biggest conservation challenge facing the wildlife of the Santa Monica Mountains is isolation by roads and development. This forward-looking project will help to end the isolation and reconnect natural habitat.”

David Szymanski

Superintendent, National Park Service - Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

“A lion alone, P-22 is living out the classic science-fiction narrative of the protagonist who wakes up to discover that he is the last of his kind.”

Dana Goodyear

The New Yorker

Photo: © Steve Winter/National Geographic

“The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy & MRCA is excited to enter this last critical phase in making a safe passage for wildlife across the 101 and delivering on our 30 plus years of work to preserve habitat linkages.”

Rorie Skei,

Chief Deputy Director, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy

“Indigenous people have used the animals as teachers for thousands of years.”

Alan Salazar, Fernandeño Tataviam, Band of Mission Indians Elder, Chumash, Tataviam, & Pipimaram lineages

We celebrate, honor and respect the history and people of this land.

The Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing is located on the homelands of the Chumash. We extend our gratitude for the wisdom and understanding they have given us in creating this wildlife crossing.

This is a vital crossing in one of the last undeveloped areas on the 101, and building a safe passage gives us a chance to ensure the future of the mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains and Los Angeles area.

Dr. Seth Riley, Wildlife Branch Chief, National Park Service, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

You're going to see this ecological transformation. And that part of it is going to be over one of the busiest freeways in the world — that, to me, is just such a hopeful statement for what's possible. We can redeem a freeway.

Beth Pratt, California Regional Executive Director, National Wildlife Federation

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The wildlife crossing at Liberty Canyon is a public/private partnership and is supported by a large coalition and community of organizations, businesses, individuals and elected officials. The #SaveLACougars campaign was founded by a partnership of the National Wildlife Federation and the Santa Monica Mountains Fund.

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