Conservation Success from Summer 2018 Challenge Magazine
Let's not fool ourselves, the flora and fauna of this planet are under pressure like never before, but we should nonetheless recognise and celebrate each and every conservation success story, if only to encourage us to do work harder. In late May the IUCN brought good news for 12 critically endangered species, among them the Mauritius Falcon which had been reduced to just four known birds in 1974, including one breeding female. Captive breeding, supplementary feeding, nest-site enhancement and predator control, and enabled the population to rise to 400 birds today. Other recovering species include the New Zealand Archery Frog, the greater bamboo lemur, and the Lebanese cedar.