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Old July 24th, 2017, 10:45 PM   #161
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Another milestone in the reinvigoration of Rwanda's Akagera National Park



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Around 20 endangered eastern black rhinos are returning in an “extraordinary homecoming” to Rwanda after the species disappeared from the country 10 years ago, the African Parks organisation has said.

The rhinos are being moved from South Africa to the Akagera national park in eastern Rwanda, according to the non-profit group that manages protected areas for African governments.

The eastern black rhino, one of the sub-species of the rhinoceros, is in critical danger of extinction, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...-disappearance

There's a sad twist to this endeavor.

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"It is with utmost regret that I inform you that Krisztián Gyöngyi was killed this morning by a rhinoceros in Akagera National Park in Rwanda while out tracking animals in the park,” Peter Fearnhead, chief executive officer of the conservation nonprofit African Parks, said in a statement. Gyöngyi, who had more than five years experience monitoring and conserving rhinos in Malawi, was on the ground training rangers how to track and protect them. He was also instrumental in supporting the reintroduction of rhinos into Rwanda.

The country never had many of the behemoths—no more than 90 decades ago—and none have been seen since 2007. That all changed in May, when 18 critically endangered Eastern black rhinos were airlifted from South Africa to Rwanda’s Akagera National Park. The initiative was led by African Parks and the Rwandan government.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2...aching-rwanda/
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Wild bison roam Banff National Park for 1st time in more than century

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The first wild bison to roam Banff National Park in more than a century have been transported to a remote valley in a "historic homecoming"
aimed at re-establishing a thriving herd, Parks Canada said Monday.

While many remember what Parks Canada calls a "display herd" of bison housed in a paddock near the Banff townsite until 1997,
this new herd represents a return to wild animals, which could eventually be free to wander their surroundings.
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Bristol zoo gives rare spiders a leg-up with breeding programme

Wednesday 9 August 2017

In what is believed to be a world first, one of the rarest spiders has been bred in captivity at Bristol Zoo Gardens. More than 1,000 Desertas wolf spiderlings, classed as critically endangered, have hatched. Keepers hand-reared some from tiny eggs as they are so precious. At birth, they measure 4mm across, but they will grow to 12cm, with a 4cm body.

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Snow leopard no longer 'endangered'

Has the chilling threat of extinction worn off at last for the long-endangered snow leopard?

Not exactly - but the iconic big cats' conservation status has been improved from "endangered" to "vulnerable".

The decision was announced by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - the global standard for assessing extinction risk.

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Row over bears in France intensifies after angry farmers 'fire shots' in protest at sheep deaths

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A bitter dispute over bears in France's Pyrenees mountains has intensified after farmers were accused of firing "50 shots" at state experts who came to assess how many sheep the beasts had killed.

Prosecutors in the Ariège, south-west France, have launched a judicial investigation into "violence with weapons" after a group of "thirty aggressive people" allegedly unleashed a hail of bullets in the vicinity of four experts from the national hunting and wildlife office, ONCFS.

The agents had come to check damage to sheep on August 25 after farmers reported fresh bear attacks on their livestock.

The farmers threatened to kill the terrified experts, according to the Ariege authorities.
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Ongoing tensions over the reintroduction of the Eurasian Brown Bear in the Pyrenees.
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Born free: Big Sur baby condor offers hope of a self-sustaining species

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A fuzzy gray condor chick — the first-ever “second generation” wild-born condor in a long and hard recovery plan for the endangered birds — has been discovered in a redwood tree in Big Sur.

It was born free. Its parents were also born free. The last birds in its family to see the inside of a cage were its grandparents.

Why does this matter? Because that’s how species recover: wild birds giving birth to more wild birds. It’s the only way for numbers to multiply, so a species can become sustainable. Otherwise, we’re just constantly propping up populations with captive-bred birds.

http://www.montereyherald.com/articl...NEWS/170819804
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'Extinct' diamond spider found at National Trust park

A spider not seen in the UK for about 50 years has been discovered at a National Trust site in Nottinghamshire.

The diamond spider, so-called due to its markings, was presumed extinct, but was found by two trust volunteers on heath land at Clumber Park, Worksop.

The spider, 7mm (0.2 inch), has only been recorded three times, all in the south of England, and not since 1969.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...shire-41497475


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