Successful efforts to bring back amazing species

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 faced threat from hunting. Much of its existing habitat is now preserved, and public awareness has helped reduce the threat from hunting. Mauritius fody is affected by habitat loss and predation. Efforts to bring back this species are successful aigrettes nature reserve alone now has a population of 300 birds.

Greater bamboo lemur is threatened by habitat destruction and hunting. The lemurs now live in multiple protected regions, including a national park that was formed in response to the lemurs being rediscovered. Spoon-billed sandpiper reduced to 200 pairs in 2006. 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.