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Frontline Dispatches May 2022

A caribou herd in British Columbia has been saved thanks to intensive efforts.

After logging and oil drilling fragmented Canadian woodland caribou habitat, First Nations groups in central British Columbia created a non-profit to save a dwindling herd. Success hasn’t come without controversy, reports Science. Management efforts included killing hundreds of wolves, penning pregnant caribou cows and battling to win land protections. However, efforts have been successful and caribou numbers have increased.

A trail camera image captures one of the few lions, a male, remaining in Senegal.

AFRICA

West African Lions Edging Back From The Brink

Senegal’s 3,525 square-mile (9,130 sq km) Niokolo-Koba National Park is home to one of four surviving populations of critically endangered West African lions. The Lion Recovery Fund estimates there are now 30-40 lions in the park; their prey populations are also increasing.

A Spanish police officer confronts the enormous haul of taxidermy.

A Spanish police officer confronts the enormous haul of taxidermy.

EUROPE

Huge (really huge) Taxidermy Collection Seized In Spain

Two warehouses totaling 538,000 square feet (more than 12 acres) and housing 1,090 animal mounts and decorations, including 198 elephant tusks, were impounded by Valencia’s Guardia Civil last month. It’s likely that many of the animals were collected and/or imported legally, but police are investigating whether the owner has documentation for all of them, reported MeatEater.

A radio-collared giant anteater, with pup astride, toys with its tracker. Rafael Albuin

A radio-collared giant anteater, with pup astride, toys with its tracker. Rafael Albuin

WORLD

Rewilding Is Underway Across Argentina

Fundación Rewilding Argentina, a non-profit arm of Tompkins Conservation, has acquired hundreds of thousands of acres in Patagonia, Iberá and the Chaco regions and reintroduced pampas deer, giant anteaters and collared peccaries while conserving jaguars, coypus, Wolffsohn’s viscachas, red-and-green macaws, bare-faced curassows and other key species, reports Nature.com.

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