5 ways in which 2020 celebrated wildlife!4 min readReading Time: 3 minutes
2020 was a tough year all over the world. While we acknowledge the challenges we have all been through, we must also not hesitate to celebrate the little successes we have made as a world. After all, we are all about the silver lining!
Sensitivity was as an outcome of the Pandemic:
Allegedly, the story of the pandemic’s origin stars a bat, a pangolin, and a human in China. This led to many leaders rethinking how we as humans envision our interaction with wild animals. The Chinese Government has issued decisions underlying criminalisation for using wildlife as food. China has also prohibited all domestic trade of pangolins.
Every year, more than 500 million animals like deer, elk etc succumb to traffic accidents in the USA. With a 73% decrease in road traffic, these fatal collisions went down by 58%.
Psst: Remember the bridges that help animals cross busy roads?
35 retired circus elephants will now relax in their natural habitat:
In September 2020, it was decided that the retired elephants from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will move to White Oak Conservation, a 2,500 acre conservation center in Florida. The 35 Asiatic elephants will return to an environment where they can be their true selves!
The world united against wildlife smuggling:
Operation Thunder 2020, coordinated by INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization (WCO), rallied 103 countries against environmental crime. In 2020, the operation resulted in the seizing of more than 2,000 wildlife and forestry products. The contraband had scales from around 1,700 pangolins and 87 truckloads of timber. Live animals, 30 chimpanzees and 1,800 reptiles, were also recovered.
Country roads are bringing gray wolves home:
Gray wolves in Colorado had been hunted to extinction in Colorado in the 1940s. It was in September that voters approved a ballot measure to bring back the wolves. This is the first time a state has approved the reintroduction of a certain species back in its ecosystem! Colorado can host hundreds of wolves, and they will help in restoring the natural balance of the southern Rocky Mountains.
And lastly, here’s a throwback to all the other ways we celebrated wildlife in 2020:
- A team of researchers rediscovered 4 species that were believed to be extinct in the Bolivian Andes.
- The Tasmanian Devil returned to the mainland Australia after 3,000 years.
- Jaguars returned to the Ibera Wetlands in Argentina after 70 years.
- In a unique rescue operation in Kenya, conservationists saved critically endangered Nubian giraffes.
- Researchers have spotted what could be a new species of beaked whales, off Mexico’s western coast.
- The world’s loneliest elephant, Kaavan, now has 600 friends.
- India welcomed 599 species into its biodiversity.