There are dozens of animal species that were battling against all odds for survival and are now in the road of recovery.
Dozens of plants and animals go extinct but remain unnoticed. Despite these shocking statistics, some dedicated conservationists and wildlife scientists are bringing back animal species from the brink of extinction, giving us hope that the future is not grim after all. These endangered species are making a comeback to zoos and wildlife sanctuary restoring ecological balance in nature.
Read on and rejoice about these animal species that was saved and now are thriving.
In the early 1970s, the Arabian dear species almost vanished due to hunting activities. Now due to one of the world’s biggest conservation attempt, experts are finding a swell in its number. There are now more than 1000 wild Orynx in the Arabian Peninsula, and even IUCN has reclassified it to ‘vulnerable’ from ‘endangered’.
A New world vulture and largest North American land bird, the Condor was at the brink of extinction. In 1982, only 22 were left in the world. A breeding program was soon organised, and the remaining Condors were placed in a captive environment to facilitate it. The recovery programme became successful, and soon they were flying free in the wild.
The number of Kenyan brown large antelope with stripes on its skin reduced significantly due to habitat loss. There are now more captive Bongo than that in the wild facilitating breeding program. Zoos are working together to maintain a viable population of these huge mammals that can act as a safety net for its survival.
Sea otters are cute and furry mammals that are a keystone species around the eastern and northern Pacific Ocean which makes its survival necessary for conserving the balance of the coastal ecosystem. In the 18th and 19th century their numbers dropped significantly, but with reintroduction programmes, they now occupy two-thirds of their former range.
The largest mammal that ever existed, the blue whale was once plentiful in all the five oceans. As a result of the whaling industry to extract margarine, soon their numbers dropped significantly. Their number was revived after they gained legal protection by the International Whaling Commission.
Other species too were saved successfully from being extinct in the wild like the Amur leopard, island fox, turquoise parrot. The efforts made by the conservationists in bringing almost extinct species back through captive breeding has indeed been rewarding.