Wonderful news from Australia proving that conservation projects and increased awareness are crucial in supporting biodiversity! A large research project studying endangered species has recently tallied 29 recovered species --15 mammals, 8 birds, 4 frogs, a reptile, and a fish who are no longer in genuine need for protection and can be safely de-listed from the country’s endangered species list. The paper, conducted by a variety of Australian academic institutions, concluded that conservation managers should aim to measure success at least in part through documentation of recoveries based on stability, ranges, and populations of the current day, to help coordinate conservation efforts and funding for the animals whose populations are decreasing, and address threats that are a danger to multiple animal species at once. Given that Australia’s Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act currently lists 446 species of animals in genuine need of protection, the results are truly encouraging!

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