Hello! So last month we all got to celebrate Giant Pandas being no longer officially endangered. Finally they moved up the IUCN list to being stated as vulnerable. It’s a huge win for team conservation! That got me to thinking that I should really share some of my favourite wins for team conservation! Often it’s too easy to focus on the battles that we’re losing rather than the ones we’re winning, so without further a do here are three of my favourite wins.
West Indian Manatees
I have a secret, I love manatees. I think they’re one of the best animals on the planet. I was lucky enough to see some on a trip to Florida. I love that they were often mistaken for mermaids. They were listed as endangered in 1967. The main issues for manatees involved collisions with speed boats. It’s understandable as they blend in so well but action was taken. Speed limits were placed in areas where manatees were found as well as special areas where no water sports were allowed. Now they are classed as threatened with a population of 6,300 in Florida alone and a worldwide population of 13,000. With more protection given to these wonderful creatures there is hope for the population to increase further.
Ever heard of DDT? Well it was a pesticide that worked its way up the food chain. In New Jersey DDT almost wiped out its population of these amazing beautiful birds. It left one breeding pair of bald eagles in the 70s and 80s. Luckily for us and lots of animals, DDT use was banned. There was also a huge effort to make perfect homes for the eagles and these efforts proved successful. In 2000 there were 23 breeding pairs and in the 2015 review 161 pairs were found! Amazing work!
Reforestation of China
China in 1998 suffered from a huge amount of flooding so in 2002 they set out reforest 5% of the nation, an area the size of California. So far some 1.6 percent of China exceeded a net gain in forest cover, with a large chunk of the gains covering some 61,000 square miles in central China. Forest fires and other problems destroyed over 14,000 square miles of forest, meaning the total net gain for China was about 46,000 square miles. A growing forest is not only fantastic for animals as a habitat but it’s also important for stopping soil erosion.
I cannot wait to be able to tell you all about even further successes that conservation has had. I strongly believe that conservation should be of the up most importance to keep this world alive.