In today’s special edition, we’re looking at new approaches and solutions intended to bring back lost species worldwide – and at some amazing recent stories of successful conservation and rewilding.
Cheetahs return to India for the first time in 60 years
The subcontinent now has the capacity and resources — as well as a national park and two wildlife sanctuaries — to reintroduce the world’s fastest land animal more than half a century after being declared extinct in the country.
Source: BBC News
Jaguars return to Argentina’s Iberá Wetlands after 70 years
The big cat reintroduction programme aims to gradually reestablish a healthy and genetically diverse jaguar population in Gran Iberá Park.
Hearing devices in forests target poachers and illegal logging in Central America
International NGO Panthera uses acoustic field recorders to identify potential illegal activity, supporting their patrols in Guatemala and Honduras.
Nepal’s tiger population set to double 2010 numbers next year
Effective anti-poaching policies in national parks and engagement with local communities have resulted in an increase from 121 to 240 animals today.
How Nepal’s vulture restaurants help keep the birds from extinction
In Nepal, NGO and locals are working together to stop the decline in vulture populations whilst whilst solving other issues as well
Source: DW News
Scientists cheered by bowhead whale recovery despite Arctic warming
In some rare good news from the top of the world, bowhead whale populations have rebounded and are nearing pre-commercial whaling numbers in US waters.
Source: The Guardian
Kenya has recorded zero rhino deaths from poaching in 2020
The milestone had not been reached in over 20 years, and comes as a result of improved conservation strategies in the region.
Air Shepherd: Stopping poaching with drones
Able to fly at night with heat-sensitive imaging, and covering vast distances navigated with AI, the drones are proving to be an effective tool in the fight against poaching.
Catching poachers with the help of electric motorcycles
Rangers in South Africa started patrolling on nearly silent e-motorbikes that will allow them to catch poachers more easily than when riding noisy motorcycles.
Source: Fast Company
Goats fighting poverty and poaching in Zimbabwe
Drought-hit farmers in Zimbabwe often turn to poaching wild animals in search for food. An EU-funded project gives farmers big male goats, raising their incomes by selling the bigger goats they breed.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
A taste of honey: how bees mend fences between farmers and elephants
A pioneering method from Africa that protects farms from forest herds is now paying off in India, with more profit and less conflict.
Source: The Guardian
Insect nursery in France swaps pesticides for bees and bugs
With many farms looking to make the switch to more environmentally-friendly forms of pest control, this organisation in Brittany has come up with a natural and ethical alternative.
World’s biggest tropical crop bank opens in Colombia
The Future Seeds facility will not only safeguard the biodiversity of important tropical crops, but is also expected to serve as a living laboratory for some of the most advanced technologies in agricultural research.
Seed banks protect Brazilian food diversity
In collaboration with indigenous people, the Brazilian agricultural research agency has worked to safeguard the country’s rich food diversity. The initiative has collected seeds from 700 crop species and fosters exchanges of knowledge across the country.
Seed-firing drones planting 40,000 trees daily
With around 1 million animal and plant species at risk of extinction, a startup is helping halt biodiversity loss by merging artificial intelligence and seed pods.
Making a beeline: wildflower paths across UK could save species
Conservation charity aims to help restore 150,000 hectares of bee-friendly corridors to save the insects from extinction.
Source: The Guardian
A tiny forest movement is breathing fresh air into urban environments
A movement to plant small, dense ecosystems is gaining traction across Europe, with advocates saying that they improve air quality, local biodiversity, and even our own wellbeing.
Source: Deutsche Welle
Los Angeles to build world’s largest urban wild-life bridge
This spring the construction of the wild-life crossing worth 88 million US-Dollars will begin. Not only will it assist the coexistance of man and mountain lion, it could also reduce the 20 large-animal crashes per day.
Source: Reasons to be cheerful
Bald eagles are now no longer considered endangered in the US
Innovative measures and solutions have lead to a sharp increase in numbers, with birds thriving across the country.
Irish baron turns 750-acre estate into an oasis of wild flora and fauna
Environmentalist, 21st Baron of Dunsany and death metal connoisseur Randal Plunkett has shunned pristine lawns and livestock in favour of rewilding his hereditary estate.
‘Gentle giants’: rangers prepare for return of wild bison to UK
Animals arrive in Kent in spring 2022 and will create forest clearings – described as ‘jet fuel for biodiversity’.