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1. The secret rewilding project that could save the white rhino

” In fact, this single secret location outside Johannesburg, South Africa, is home to an extraordinary 2,000 white rhinos, equivalent to one in seven of the world’s entire population.”

2. Bees bring honey and hope to a forest reserve in Nigeria

” Nigeria’s Ngel Nyaki Forest Reserve boasts more plant species than any other montane forest in Nigeria. The reserve is also home to a small population of endangered Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzees. An initiative hopes to safeguard and rehabilitate Ngel Nyaki’s habitat by training community members in beekeeping. ”

3. A Little-known conservation story in Chile

” This week for the first time in over four decades, Peruvian diving petrels have four active natural nests on Chañaral Island, Chile, after a dedicated conservation group cleared the island of a deadly invasive species. ”

4. Bhutan expands protected area network with new biological corridor

” The new biological corridor connects Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary and Bumdelling Wildlife Sanctuary in eastern Bhutan – home to unique flora and fauna species such as snow leopard, red panda and ludlow’s Bhutan glory.”

5. Skywalker gibbons confirmed in Myanmar for the first time

”  Skywalker hoolock gibbons have been confirmed for the first time in the forests of northeastern Myanmar, with researchers using acoustic monitoring and DNA analysis to identify 44 groups of the imperiled primates.

6. Cranes, UK’s tallest bird, bred in higher numbers last summer than for centuries

” At least 80 pairs of cranes were recorded in 2023, up from the previous high of 72 two years earlier. The birds, which make distinctive bugling calls but are surprisingly elusive in the breeding season, as they hide in reedbeds, successfully fledged at least 36 chicks.”

7. Hundreds of baby sea turtles released off coast of Nicaragua in conservation effort

” Nicaraguan authorities and volunteers released hundreds of tiny baby turtles on the country’s Pacific coast over the weekend as part of the government’s efforts to protect endangered species. At the Rio Escalante Chacocente wildlife reserve, more than 400 baby Paslama turtles scurried over the sand toward the ocean on Sunday afternoon. “

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