Beautiful species gets a second chance

24 October 2020 # Hope

Around the world, biodiversity is declining rapidly. A report released in May by the International Union for Conservation of Nature aims to inspire action, by showcasing some of the species for which progress is slowly being made

Ethiopian wolf is being saved from extinction. Much of its existing habitat is now preserved, and public awareness has helped reduce the threat from hunting. In the Bale Mountains – home to the largest population of around 200 animals – trackers monitor the wolves’ activities 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Mauritius fody facing Habitat loss and nest predation threats meant it became restricted to a small range within the Black River Gorges national park. The population waned to fewer than 200 birds in 1993 but has since recovered somewhat: the Ile aux Aigrettes nature reserve alone now has a population of 300 birds.

Spoon-billed sandpiper faced a threat to its breeding ground. A programme launched in 2012 saw eggs taken into captivity and hatchlings reared in safety away from predators. Many of the 100 birds released have returned to Meinypil’gyno to pair up and breed.