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1. India’s tiger population rises, Madhya Pradesh has most big cats

” India’s tiger population increased to 3,682 in 2022, up from 2,967 in 2018, according to an estimate released on Saturday. This is an upward revision from April this year, when a minimum of 3,167 animals were estimated by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), which coordinates the quadrennial tiger census.”

2. San Antonio Zoo Hatches 27 Texas Horned Lizards

” hese hatchlings will be released into the wild in the fall, contributing to the ongoing efforts of the Texas Horned Lizard Reintroduction Project to preserve and bolster the population of this iconic reptile in South Texas.”

3. Ireland’s largest protected area for bird species to be created in Irish Sea

” A vast expanse of more than 230,000 hectares of marine waters in the Irish Sea is to become Ireland’s largest protected area for bird species.”

4. Biden expected to create Grand Canyon national monument to block new mining, sources say

”  President Biden is leaning toward designating a vast area near the Grand Canyon as a national monument to safeguard it from uranium mining, according to five people familiar with the plans.”

5. This Maui center houses some of the world’s rarest birds. Staff saved it from the flames.

” The wildfires raging on Maui came to the doorstep of an endangered bird center, with staff rushing to extinguish flames before they crept to aviaries housing some of the rarest birds in the world.”

6. From debt to diversity: A journey of rewilding, carbon capture and hope

” Rewilding has transformed an English estate from a debt-ridden, conventional farm to a profitable haven of biodiversity. A study also shows that the rewilded farmland at Knepp absorbs more carbon dioxide than conventional farms, providing hope for climate change mitigation and soil restoration. “

7. Sulawesi sea nomads who inspired Avatar movie chart new course saving forests

” Umar Pasandre, a member of the seafaring Bajo people, has spent more than two decades protecting mangroves in Indonesia’s Gorontalo province. Umar leads local mangrove-replanting initiatives and has confronted those seeking to convert the forests for aquaculture production. ”

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