By Good News Network Saturday, December 23, 2006
• Four Javan rhinos born in August in Indonesia constituted a surprising baby boom for a species that may be reduced to fewer than 60 individuals worldwide. These are the first known births for the Javan rhinos in three years.
• Thanks to years of restoration efforts led by the Texas Bighorn Society there are close to 1,000 of the agile desert sheep occupying their ancient home in the dry West Texas mountains, after almost being wiped out last century.
• Black rhino numbers are up 20 percent in Kenya, after years of decline from poaching and habitat loss, a healthy increase that surpassed even conservationists targets.
• After nearly four decades on the endangered species list, bald eagles are soaring once again, their population climbing from a dismal count of just 417 nesting pairs in the continental United States in 1963 to more than 7,000 today. It was decided in February the eagles of the US no longer needed protection under the Endangered Species Act.
• To protect species in the future, the Bush Administration, in a historic move, encircled Hawaii with the world's largest marine preserve, home to 7000 marine species, at least a quarter of which are found nowhere else. The huge sanctuary is larger than all US National Parks combined, stretching the distance from Chicago to Florida.
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