CC BY 2.0 Christopher Michel/Flickr The recovery of these beleaguered species proves that conservation action works. There is a lot of grim news in the world, especially when it comes to wildlife. But it’s not all gloom and doom, sixth mass extinction or not. Case in point: WCS scientists in the Global Conservation Program put together a list of nine wildlife species that are recovering thanks to conservation action. 1. Humpback Whales © Julie Larsen Maher (used with permission) Humpback whales ( Megaptera novaeangliae ) were hunted to the brink of extinction, with less than 10 percent of their original population left before a hunting moratorium was introduced in 1966. They were listed on the Endangered Species Act in 1973. Now, in some places they have recovered to as much as 70 percent and 90 percent of their pre-whaling numbers. Internationally, most humpback populations have increased as a result of worldwide protection, and all but four of the world’s populations have been removed from the the Endangered Species List. 2. Tigers in Western Thailand © WCS (used with permission) Long-term work to reduce poaching in Thailand’s Huai Kha Khaeng (HKK) Wildlife Sanctuary has paid off for the tigers ( […]


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