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Good News! Mountain Gorillas Are No Longer Considered ‘Critically Endangered’

This is a conservation win!

Back in 2008, we only had about 680 mountain gorillas in the planet which was an alarming count that led to them being categorized as Critically Endangered. Fast forward to today, the good news is that they are now officially out of the classification – thanks to successful conservation efforts!

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), mountain gorillas are now considered Endangered instead of Critically Endangered.

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Today, we have over 1,000 mountain gorillas – the “highest figure ever recorded for the subspecies,” wrote Unilad. The conservation efforts included “enforcing anti-poaching patrols and in-situ veterinary interventions, such as the removal of snares,” the article also mentioned.

The population decrease of mountain gorillas in the past was mostly because of poaching, Ebola virus, and other factors.

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Dr Liz Williamson, of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group, pointed out that there is still a lot of work to be done.

She said:

“Whilst it is fantastic news that Mountain Gorillas are increasing in number, this subspecies is still Endangered and therefore conservation action must continue.

“Coordinated efforts through a regional action plan and fully implementing IUCN Best Practice guidelines for great ape tourism and disease prevention, which recommend limiting numbers of tourists and preventing any close contact with humans, are critical to ensuring a future for the Mountain Gorilla.”

Source: WWF

Aside from mountain gorillas, gray whales were also moved from Critically Endangered to Endangered while fin whales became Vulnerable from Endangered.

Randall Reeves, Chair of the IUCN SSC Cetacean Specialist Group, commented:

“Fin Whales and Western Gray Whales were severely depleted by hunting, and it is a relief to finally see their populations on the rise.

“These whales are recovering largely thanks to bans on commercial hunting, international agreements and various protection measures.”

Meanwhile, IUCN Director General Inger Andersen shared:

“These conservation successes are proof that the ambitious, collaborative efforts of governments, business and civil society could turn back the tide of species loss.

“Unfortunately, the latest update also underlines how threats to biodiversity continue to undermine some of society’s most important goals, including food security.

“We urgently need to see effective conservation action strengthened and sustained. The ongoing UN biodiversity summit in Egypt provides a valuable opportunity for decisive action to protect the diversity of life on our planet.”

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Ozone Hole Is Gradually Healing

Amazing news!

A three-decades-old international treaty to phase out chemicals that deplete the ozone layer protecting our planet from harmful solar radiation is finally paying off. The UN released a report this month showing the ozone layer is healing, with the hole over the South Pole expected to close completely by 2060.

Thanks to the 1987 Montreal Protocol, the ozone layer continues to recover, according to the 2018 Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion released by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Program. Erik Solheim, head of the UN Environment is very optimistic about the positive update.

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Scientist Shares Amazing Photos Of Arachnid That Looks Like A Dog

Does it look more like a bunny, a wolf, or a dog to you?

The best thing about our planet is that we learn new things every day. People are discovering new species of plants, animals, and insects on a regular basis. Interestingly, the Bunny Harvestman was discovered a long time ago. However, it is currently driving people nuts with its adorable puppy appearance, thanks to photos taken by a scientist.

Andreas Kay has been taking photos of the unique creatures living in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest. Although all of the critters are interesting in their own way, one insect captured the hearts of netizens. After all, it looks like it's wearing the head of a perky-eared black dog.

Why does this spider look like it has a dog's head for a hat?

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Remote Island in Hawaii Gets ‘Erased’ From The Map After Terrible Hurricane

“The loss is a huge blow. Little did we know it could disappear so quickly.”

A remote island in Hawaii has just been wiped away off the face of the planet because of a terrible natural calamity. As the reports have verified, Hurricane Walaka has erased East Island when the said storm hit Hawaii.

As a Guardian article tells us, “scientists have confirmed the disappearance of the 11-acre island after comparing satellite images of the surrounding French Frigate Shoals, part of an enormous protected marine area in the north-western Hawaiian Islands.”

East Island measured around 1 mile in length and 400ft in width – now it’s gone.

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