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ASSURANCE COLONIES

— they watched with anticipation as about a thousand southern mountain yellow-legged frog tadpoles and three adult frogs enjoyed their first few minutes of life in the wild. the amphibians hesitated a moment before cruising toward clusters of foliage to settle into their new habitat. reintroducing these sensitive amphibians back into their native ecosystem is a significant milestone in the long slow battle to rehabilitate the species. read : conservationists fight to save critically endangered amphibians 

PASSING OF A FRAGILE GIANT

— wildlife experts in the country captured the male in 2008 on a palm oil plantation. he lived more than 10 years in malaysia’s tabin wildlife reserve in borneo and had several unsuccessful breeding attempts with two female sumatran rhinos (dicerorhinus sumatrensis). the loss of the rhino is a severe blow to the survival of the critically endangered species. as many as 800 sumatran rhinos lived in the wild as recently as 1986, but now fewer than 100 remain, with some estimates as low as 30, according to save the rhino, a london-based charity that works to protect rhinoceroses. the sumatran…

TOUGH ARGUE

— look at the numbers and you soon see why though – the us has the fifth largest fisheries harvest in the world with more than five million caught annually. it’s the fourth biggest fish and seafood exporter globally, shipping more than $5 billion worth a year. read : the most endangered species in the world

COMMUNICATION COMMUNICATION COMMUNICATION

— “when the media came calling i would hold press conferences that i’d set up by myself, and i would tell people what was going on. with that empowerment of people who are actually on the ground — talking to the managers and talking to other citizens — comes greater credibility, strength and authority.” read : the key to endangered species recovery? communication  

BIOSECURITY

— according to the un report from the intergovernmental science-policy platform for biodiversity and ecosystem services (ipbes), the startling number is a consequence of five direct causes: changes in land and sea use; direct exploitation of organisms; climate change; pollution; and invasion of alien species read : the conversation 

CAUTIOUS COMEBACK

—  “you often hear such bad and challenging news about the threats that our ocean faces. there are places where there are a lot of sea turtles very close to shore. and that’s good news.” read : sea turtle survey shows the endangered animals are making a comeback    

STICK THE NECK OUT FOR THEM

— u.s. fish and wildlife service announced last week that they would agree to review the animal’s current status. read : the united states may list giraffes as an endangered species  

TAKING ON RIO TINTO

— mongolia, one of the least densely populated countries on earth, has only 1.9 people per sq km. once ruled by warlord genghis khan, its population consists mainly of herders living in traditional “gers” – circular white, yurt-like structures, that infrequently dot the desert landscape, surrounded by sheep, goats, camels and horses. displaced from their land by multinational mining companies, nomadic herders defied the odds to preserve their heritage for future generations read : an example to all

CARNAGE

— the study’s authors hope that the new research will act as a call to arms against the pandemic. read : amphibian ‘apocalypse’ caused by destructive pathogen

LEGAL FIGHTING EARN RELENT

— a crucial pollinator of crops such as cherries and plums, the rusty patched bumble bee has vanished from 90% of its historic range due to use of pesticides and habitat loss. the trump administration put on hold a plan to protect the bee before finally relenting following a legal fight read : five species under threat in the age of trump

CANNY LOVE

— they will shut down and not breed, as the environment and outward cues are telling them that conditions are not ideal or safe to expend all the energy it takes to raise a chick, any changes the cranes will pick up on right away, males wanting to have a safe place to do their mating dance to the females.” read : calgary zoo wildlife sanctuary 

FLAMINGOES IN HEED

— “amid scorching temperatures on the continent — which have spawned wildfires in england and wales, melted glaciers in austria and sweden, and broken records in portugal, a surprising thing happened at the reserve.” read article : amid eu’s heat wave, rare flamingos lay first eggs in 15 years read more : latest from wwt