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1. In Gabon, camera-trap developers find the ideal proving ground for their craft

“Camera traps are helping researchers get a closer look at pockets of Gabon’s forests that were previously impractical to study.”

2. A Southern Ocean island is reborn following an eradication programme

“Gradually, life for the island’s birds is improving. Antarctic prions and white-headed petrels, which also nest in burrows, had managed to cling on in some sites while pests were on the island. Their numbers are now increasing. “It’s fantastic and so exciting,” Shaw says.”

3. A critically endangered antelope got a boost

“An antelope that was reintroduced to Kenya from North American zoos is now breeding in the wild. The critically endangered mountain bongo has been the subject of an 18-year-long reintroduction programme, which reached a milestone in March when five of the animals were released in Kenya’s Mawingu Sanctuary.”

4. White-clawed crayfish are having a slow return at Borrello, Italy

“Thanks to the Rewilding Apennines commitment and the nature resilience, the Verde River at Borrello is slowly repopulating of crayfish.”

5. Reintroduced land iguanas breed on Santiago island

“Three years after the reintroduction of land iguanas to Santiago island, a new generation of newborn and juvenile iguanas are thriving. This reintroduction is part of our Land Iguana Project, designed to boost the survival of Galapagos land iguanas but also to help restore Santiago’s ecological health. “

6. Magnolia species lost to science for 97 years rediscovered in Haiti

“A conservation team has rediscovered a native magnolia tree in a forest in Haiti for the first time since it was lost to science in 1925.

7. Indigenous lands, knowledge are essential for saving primates from extinction, says new study

“A new study in Science Advances finds that primate species found on Indigenous people’s land face significantly less threats to their overall survival compared to species found on non-Indigenous lands. To guarantee the survival of primates, we must guarantee Indigenous people’s autonomy over their territory, says the paper. “

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