Prosthetic fin could save injured rare turtles

Good News Notes: “Researchers from AUT BioDesign Lab have developed a prosthetic fin to rehabilitate injured sea turtles. Healthy oceans need sea turtles, but they are unfortunately frequently injured by human factors such as boats and fishing nets, with all seven species now endangered. A damaged fin limits swimming range and survival and prevents female…

This baby boom in Kenya is helping to save an endangered species

Good News Notes: “Tiny green turtles are scrambling to the safety of the ocean at Tiwi Beach on Kenya’s south coast. Every one that makes it is great news for their species, which is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It’s a perilous journey, but luckily for these hatchlings…

Ultra-rare whale washed up off Florida is a new species, scientists say

Good News Notes: “The animal formerly known as the Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale could need a new name. The endangered whale may — upon confirmation — be an entirely new species, according to research from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Scientists have long puzzled over the whales, with fewer than 100 estimated in existence, perhaps…

Photos of endangered animals raise funding for relief projects

Good News Notes:”  The cheetah is the world’s most endangered large cat. There are only 7,100 cheetahs left in the wild, mainly in Africa. Outside of Africa, once cheetahs were prevalent throughout many countries in Asia, they are now only found in Iran, where their numbers have dwindled to around 50. In India, the cheetah…

Large blue butterfly returns to Cotswolds site for first time in 150 years

Good News Notes: “The biggest reintroduction to date of the large blue has led to the rare butterfly flying on a Cotswold hillside where it has not been seen for 150 years. About 750 butterflies emerged on to Rodborough Common in Gloucestershire this summer after 1,100 larvae were released last autumn following five years of innovative grassland…

Conservation: Glimmer of hope for world’s rarest primate

 Good News Notes: “Ravaged by deforestation and poaching, the ape now lives only in a patch of forest on China’s Hainan island. In the 1950s, there were an estimated 2,000 left in the world, but numbers fell to fewer than 10 in the 1970s. The latest census shows numbers have tripled to more than 30…

This Photographer Is Working To Document Species Before They Go Extinct

Good News Notes: “Joel Sartore, a photographer based in Lincoln, Nebraska, has worked with National Geographic for over 30 years, and has led the Photo Ark for the past 15. The mission of the Photo Ark is to document the 15,000 species that are in captivity, many of which are on the edge of extinction. Sartore…

Hello baby: Toronto Zoo welcomes new giraffe, arctic wolf pups

Good News Notes: “The Toronto Zoo may be closed to visitors but the workers have welcomed a new long-legged life into the world. Zoo officials made the baby announcement online that a Masai giraffe was born Tuesday.” “The baby giraffe isn’t the only cute baby animal in the zoo’s spotlight. Monday, the zoo’s arctic wolf…

Patter of tiny paws: Giant panda gives birth at Dutch zoo

 Good News Notes: “A giant panda loaned by China to a Dutch zoo as part of a breeding pair has given birth to a cub, the zoo announced Saturday. The mother, Wu Wen, and her cub ‘are staying in the maternity den and are doing well,’ Ouwehands Zoo said in a statement. The zoo said…