Special edition: Restoring biodiversity – Squirrel News

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.

Source: Mongabay

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.

Source: Mongabay

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.

Source: Mongabay

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.

Source: Tuko

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.

Source: Reset

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.

Source: Euronews

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.

Source: Mongabay

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.

Source: Mongabay

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.

Source: Euronews

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.

Source: Treehugger

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.

Source: Euronews

‘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’.

Source: The Guardian

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