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1. ‘You sometimes feel like Noah’: the London zoo team bidding to save doomed species

” The birth of a Socorro dove, extinct in the wild, has boosted conservationists’ hopes of rewilding captive species”

2. ‘Extinct’ snails return to Tahiti in largest wildlife reintroduction ever

” In April, zookeepers organized yet another reintroduction, this one involving the transport of 5,522 extinct-in-the-wild and critically endangered Partula snails to the French Polynesian islands of Moorea and Tahiti. According to ZSL, this was the largest-ever release of extinct-in-the-wild species.”

3. Communities lead the way to a new era of landscape-scale conservation.

” A few years ago, a trip here inspired her and a handful of others to organize themselves into an action group, Women for Conservation, to participate in this historic venture. Now she’s returning to discuss this bold vision with them at the Ehi-Rovipuka Conservancy office. ”

4. Three new wildlife conservation reserves in Rajasthan

” On Earth Day 2023, Rajasthan’s Forest Department announced three new conservation reserves that will protect the rare and endangered wildlife of Rajasthan.”

5. Ecuador to boost protection of Galápagos in biggest debt-for-nature deal ever

Ecuador has launched a debt-for-nature deal that will wipe out some $1 billion in interest payments in exchange for boosting its protection of the waters around the Galápagos Islands. Much of the funding will focus on managing the newly established Hermandad Marine Reserve, the existing Galápagos Marine Reserve, and sustainable fishing and climate resilience efforts.

6. Studies show oyster reef restoration can work out well — given enough time

Researchers have found that the restoration of eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) reefs in the U.S. have been largely successful, improving oyster production, enhancing habitat, and increasing nitrogen cycling.

7. Oil project near Amazon River mouth blocked by Brazil’s environment agency

“Brazil’s environmental regulator refused on Wednesday to grant a license for a controversial offshore oil drilling project near the mouth of the Amazon River, prompting celebration from environmentalists who had warned of its potential impact. ”

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