Animals saved from the brink of extinction

24 October 2020 # Hope

It’s not all ‘bad news’ when it comes to wildlife conservation. From African elephants in Chad to Channel island foxes in the US, here are the 7 inspiring stories of species whose numbers are increasing.

African elephants faced a major threat from poaching back in 2010. Their numbers declined from 4000 to 400. Many NGO’s and and parks stepped in to rescue this beautiful creature and they succeeded in this mission. Channel Island foxes faced a major threat from bald eagles. A captive breeding programme has brought the population up to self-sustaining levels, from 700 on San Miguel to 2,100 on Santa Cruz. They’re now a lot easier to spot as you trek the hills and trails of the islands.

Beavers are beautiful creatures. Unfortunately they were hunted to extinction in the UK. Many organizations and Government authorities came in to rescue this beautiful animal. In 1989, populations in the Virunga Mountains and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest fell to just 620 due to war, illegal logging, disease and poaching. Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC had immense success in revival of this species. West Indian manatees were begun smaller in numbers as boat strikes and habitat loss took their toll. Now they are above 6,000 and growing fast.

Blue Iguana’s being hunted to near-extinction by non-native cats and dogs. They Blue Iguana Recovery Programme began a breeding facility at Grand Cayman’s QEII Royal Botanic Park which results in massive success. The Asiatic lion survives in one small patch of forest in Rajasthan. only 20 left by the early 1900s when the Nawab of Junagadh banned the hunt within his private grounds. land management and veterinary support have helped numbers remain steady, with a zoo-based breeding programme boosting the population.