The preservation of wildlife is being pleaded for around the world. There are 8400 species of wild fauna and flora that are classified as critically endangered. A further nearly 30,000 individuals are classified as ‘endangered or vulnerable.’ Despite this, the remarkable wildlife discoveries of the year 2021 indicate that the future will be more environmentally friendly. World Wildlife Day is celebrated on March 3rd each year to raise awareness and funds for the protection of the world’s wildlife. Still, here are seven examples of wildlife conservation successes that are deserving of recognition.
It’s not over yet, either! It’s the last female Swinhoe turtle left on the planet.
Experts have all but given up hope of saving the swinhoe softshell turtle from extinction. When a 130-pound woman was discovered in Vietnam’s Dong Mo Lake, authorities were called. It is critically endangered, and conservationists are frantically trying to pair her up with a mate. This species, also known as the “Yangtze giant softshell turtle” or “Hoan Kiem turtle,” is critically endangered. Because there is only one known male, which is housed in China’s Suzhou Zoo, efforts are underway to save this magnificent species from extinction. In the short term, the outlook is promising.
A rodent from Australia that was thought to be extinct makes an unexpected appearance.The Gould’s Field Mouse became extinct in Australia in 1857, following the arrival of European settlers in the country. At least, that’s what the experts have to say about it! With the help of genetic analysis, scientists have discovered that the ‘djoongari’ or ‘Shark Bay Mouse,’ which was discovered on three islands in Western Australia’s Shark Bay, is still alive and well today. In the words of Dr. Roberto Portela Miguez, the Museum’s Senior Curator of Mammals, “It’s fantastic that we can get meaningful genetic information from them given that they are so old.” Gould’s field mouse specimens are extremely rare and are only found in a few museums.
Researchers in Turkey have discovered a species of fish that is considered to be “critically endangered.”
In the year 2021, a new species of fish was discovered. Despite the passage of more than 50 years, there had been no sign of the “Critically Endangered” Diyarbakir Loach fish. It appeared out of nowhere in the Batman River Dam, located in the Southeastern Turkish province of Türkiye. It is believed that construction of a dam in 1986 reduced their habitat by half, making it difficult for them to survive. Freshwater and inland wetland habitats are being targeted more aggressively by Turkish fisheries experts, who are stepping up their efforts to find more endangered species.
It’s a great example of conservation success! Countries have committed to putting an end to deforestation by 2030.
In my opinion, it is one of the most effective wildlife conservation programs in recent history. At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2021, 141 countries (representing more than 85 percent of the world’s forests) committed to combining efforts by 2030 to “Conserve forests and other terrestrial ecosystems and accelerate their restoration” by 2030. (COP26). This is a significant victory for wildlife. Forestry and land use issues have received far more attention in recent years than they have deserved to receive. With the assurance of a written promise to back it up.
An enormous raptor is born into the world.
The California condor population was reduced to only 22 individuals in the wild in 1987, so they were captured and bred in an effort to save them from extinction. There are currently well over 500 of them. Known as “virgin birth,” parthenogenesis is the term used by scientists and non-scientists alike to describe the birth of two females who do not interbreed and are thus unrelated. Cells in a female’s egg behave similarly to sperm and fuse with the embryo to form an embryo. In species that reproduce sexually, this is referred to as asexual reproduction. In the words of Oliver Ryder, conservation geneticist with the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance: ‘How did this happen?’ We simply don’t know what to do… Is this something that has happened before? “I believe that as well.” We’re also big fans of the mystery element.
The relocation of the world’s largest rhinoceros herd has taken place.
Within the framework of an effort to assist the white rhino’s northern range expansion, 30 rhinos were relocated from Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve (Saudi Arabia) to Akagera National Park (Kenya) as part of an effort to help the white rhino’s northern range expansion (Rwanda). The Rwanda Development Board’s Acting Chief Tourism Officer, Ariella Kageruka, says that the collaboration between the Rwanda Development Board, African Parks, andBeyond is ‘appropriate for the conservation of these incredibly threatened species.’
Wildcats in the Netherlands are thriving.
Wild cat populations are re-establishing themselves in the forests of southern Netherlands after a long period of absence. These wildcats came from the Eifel and Ardennes mountains in Germany and Belgium in search of a less crowded habitat after becoming dissatisfied with their current conditions there. Cats like to hide in fallen trees and other cozy places, so this movement demonstrates the benefits of forest management that places a higher value on nature than on harvesting wood for fuel. Although the number of people who live there is still small, it is steadily increasing over time. And things are starting to look up. “With the carnivores, the ecosystem is complete,” says AKR Group biologist Hettie Mertens. “The ecosystem is complete,” she adds. They are extremely significant because they serve as a symbol of the wild forest. ” In addition, they’re absolutely gorgeous!
In which wildlife story from the year 2021 do you have a particular interest? Let us know what you think in the comments section!