Biodersity conservation measures do work
These are good news, according to Treehugger, tiger populations in India has been increasing by 58 percent since 2006. These are especially good news as the country is home to 70 percent of the world’s tiger populations.
However, everything is not fantastic yet. Here are some details :
But before we break out the party hats, we need to remember that there’s still a lot of work to be done and tigers (aka Panthera Tigris) are still considered to be “endangered” on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species. The best thing to do is probably to study what was done in India and export these techniques to other countries where tigers are also struggling, but also to the conservation efforts for other species.
In another part of the world, conservation measures also are helping another iconic species. Treehugger, once more had the story :
Giant Galapagos tortoise makes ‘miraculous’ recovery, from 15 individuals to over 1000! (…) The Galapagos Islands National Park Service began a program of captive breeding and reintroduction in 1973. Using an enclosure on another island to help some of the remaining tortoise to focus on breeding, they were successful in reintroducing more than 1500 of the captivity-raised giant tortoise offspring on the island of Española.
As I noted in a comment on this article, so the worse is never sure. What a relief. This shows that if we, Humans, are determined to preserving Life on our beautiful planet we can succeed.
But we aren’t out of trouble yet, quite the opposite. I was reporting last year that Earth has suffered from 52 percent of biodiversity losses since 1970… Here is another cause worthy of our time, money and resources…
Image credits : WWF. Help tigers, help the WWF !