We looked back at our blog posts this year, and found that there was plenty to celebrate! Take a look at these conservation highlights from 2016.
Conservation Status and Population Size Improvements
- Bronx Zoo helps achieve downlisting from Critically Endangered to Endangered for Blue Iguanas.
- After a close call with extinction, Hawaiian Crows recover and return to the wild.
- South Island Takahe averts extinction and sets out on the road to recovery.
- West Coast Wildlife Centre Hatches 101 Tokoeka Kiwi Chick
- Conservation Intervention Rescues Murrelets from Potential Endangerment
- Sightings of Night Parrot, once thought extinct, are increasing.
- Success in captive breeding of Critically Endangered Stick Insect
- Thanks to conservation efforts, Eastern Barred Bandicoots are rebounding from extinction.
- Critically Endangered Tāiko has record breeding season.
- Island Foxes officially no longer Endangered.
- Kākāpō population gets a much-needed boost.
- Rare New Zealand plant, Ngutukākā, saved from extinction.
- Endangered Green Sea Turtles return to Florida in record numbers.
- California Condors rise from the brink of extinction.
Conservation/Project Successes and Milestones
- Restoration of Macquarie Island Supports Seabirds.
- Choros Island, Chile ecosystem recovering following invasive species removal.
- Critical Hawaiian Petrel nesting area protected from invasive predators.
- Restoration project successfully removes invasive rats from Penguin Island, AU.
- Invasive mice removed from Maud Island, NZ.
- Critical Jamaican Rock Iguana habitat protected.
- Palmyra Atoll exhibits signs of recovery following removal of invasive rats.
- South Island Robins moved to predator-free island.
- Invasive ants removed from Tiritiri Matanga Island.
- Malta marine areas receive protection.
- Endangered Black-fronted Terns receive protection.
- Invasive rats successfully removed from Malinoa and Motu Tapu Islands.
- Murchison and Faraday Islands, British Columbia, declared rat-free.
- Hawadax Island recovering after removal of invasive rats.
- New Zealand takes leadership role to reduce impacts of invasive species
- New partnership forms to protect Key Biodiversity Areas
- Mexico designates Marine Protected Areas.
- Global Initiative Launched to Reduce Impacts of Invasive Species
Exciting Wildlife News
- Defying expectations, world’s oldest Laysan Albatross prepares to hatch 41st chick.
- New lizard species discovered in Dominican Republic.
- Million-year-old lizard species discovered on remote Pacific island.
And to keep in mind as we move forward in conservation:
- Island Conservation Co-founder Bernie Tershy: There is Hope Yet
Thanks and congratulations to all who have supported the recovery of species and ecosystems this year! Here’s to another year of conservation success!
Featured photo: Albatross parent and chick on Antipodes Island. Credit: Jason Zito/Island Conservation
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