Endangered No More

By Sharifah Sakinah | Last modified 06 Sep 2019
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Animals that are no longer facing extinction.

1. Giant Panda


The Giant Panda, native to the mountainous regions of central China have become the poster child of wildlife protection. Their numbers depleted tremendously due to the excessive deforestation that took place. However, when people from all over the world came together and decided that we’re NOT going to lose our adorable black, white and asian bears, big changes took place. Millions were invested in setting up conservation facilities and hundreds of researchers dedicated themselves to helping Giant Panda’s. Now, the fate of the Giant Panda’s have successfully been restored.

2. Lesser Long-Nosed Bat


This species is one of the few nectar-eating bats that have dual nationalities. That’s right! These bats migrate between U.S-Mexico during mating seasons. This however came in handy when the Lesser Long-Nosed bat became endangered back in the 80’s. Both Mexico and the U.S came hand in hand to protect these bats. After many years of collaborative effort, the Lesser-long nosed bat was finally taken off the endangered list in 2017.

3. Louisiana Black Bear


This bear is a subspecies of the American Black Bear, and what was once going extinct is now one of the most common bears. Weighing up to 600 lbs, a black bear is no tiny cub. With very adaptable dietary habit, black bears have been known to eat whatever they can get their hands on. However people have been warned to not feed bears as this could lead to bears wandering into residential areas in search for more food. This can be harmful for both people and the bear as bears that end up in residential areas often get killed.

4. Przewalski’s Horse


With a shorter stature than regular horses, Przewalski’s are the last of the wild horses. The main cause of its extinction is due to a loss of genetic variation. However hunting, loss of habitat and loss of water source has also led these horses to extinction. In 1960 they went extinct in the wild but are still around today through captive breeding. All of the Przewalski horses today can be traced back to 14 of its ancestors.

5. Blue Iguana


Just 16 years ago there were less than 25 Blue Iguana’s left in the wild. Today however, there are more than 1000. Native to the Cayman Islands, these plant eating iguana’s were well adapted to life in the tropics. Real estate development and the proliferation of predators caused its numbers to drop tremendously. After being declared extinct back in 2005, conservationists refused to give up. Through captive breeding and improved management, Blue Iguana’s have successfully made a come-back.

Well wasn’t that a beacon of hope! This just goes to show that no matter how critical the situation, if people come together anything is possible! Let’s give ourselves a round of applause, YAY HUMANITY!

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Posted on 01 Mar 2019
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