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…

Army program helps save 3 native Hawaiian plant species

Good News Notes: “The U.S. Army’s natural resources program has helped save three native plant species from extinction, officials said. The Army helped preserve the haha plant, Hawaiian mint and tree aster as part of its ongoing management of more than 120 endangered and threatened native species in Hawaii, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday.” View the…

Chester Zoo targets mobile gamers to promote conservation of endangered species

Good News Notes: “Chester Zoo launches new augmented reality mobile game that transforms players’ worlds into a jungle – enabling them to experience what it’s like to track real apes and carry out conservation challenges, all from their smartphones. Players join a team of wildlife scientists and help them protect the last wild spaces on…

Camera traps in trees reveal a richness of species in Rwandan park

Good News Notes: “Camera traps set high up in trees in Rwanda’s Nyungwe National Park captured 35 different mammal species over a 30-day period, including a rare Central African oyan (Poiana richardsonii), a small catlike mammal that has not previously been seen in the park. Arboreal camera traps are a viable method for conducting mammal…