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1. Wildlife corridor in Lake Ontario watershed now protected land

“The Nature Conservancy of Canada says the land offers some of the ‘best remaining habitat’ in southern Ontario for species at risk, including endangered Blanding’s turtles and Canada warblers. The national land conservation non-profit says the land is also home to eastern wolf, black bear, moose, pine marten, elk and rare birds.”

2. Beavers back in London after 400-year absence

“Ian Barnes, Enfield Council’s deputy leader, said: ‘They’re not just beautiful creatures, they’re so good in the ecosystem, they encourage other animals and insects because of the ponds and dams they make. They do an incredible job and that’s why we are so pleased that, after 400 years, they’re back in Enfield.'”

3. Shell of a comeback: New app, awareness campaigns bring hope for hawksbill turtles

“Many scientists are hopeful, even if all the data isn’t collected yet. ‘The status of hawksbills has been improving in many parts of the world during the past three decades,’ Jeanne Mortimer, a turtle researcher who studies them in Seychelles, wrote.”

4. Bonobos torn from the wild make their return, with a helping hand

“This March, the NGO Friends of Bonobos released 14 bonobos into the wild — only the second time ever a bonobo group has been reintroduced to their natural habitat. Their new home, Ekolo ya Bonobo Community Reserve, is situated deep in the rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).”

5. West African Lions Recovering from the Brink

“The lion population is growing and now numbers 30-40 individuals. Prey populations are also increasing. While wildlife densities remain low, it was clear from driving through the park that sufficient pockets of wildlife remain to allow for rapid recovery if the park gets sufficient investment.”

6. Return of the croc – Snapshots of a rare reptile reintroduction in Cambodia

“‘It’s an exciting moment for conservationists but also for all of Cambodia. Step by step, one of the world’s rarest reptiles is being brought back from the brink of extinction.’ Pablo Sinovas, Flora and Fauna International Flagship Species Manager, Cambodia”

7. Rare Sumatran rhino gives birth after eight miscarriages

“A Sumatran rhino has successfully given birth in an Indonesian sanctuary, after suffering eight miscarriages in the last 17 years. The WWF estimates fewer than 80 of the species remain in the world, mainly on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo.”

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