An endangered species is a species of animal that are at serious risk of extinction. Unfortunately, many animals are dying at a rapid pace. Luckily, conservation efforts for wildlife are on the rise and more animals are being saved each year. So much so that some animals have even been removed from the endangered list. Although these animals are still considered “vulnerable”, these are the animals that have recently been removed off the endangered list.
The adorable Giant Panda was removed from the endangered list in late 2016. With a total population now exceeding 2,000, the giant pandas are slowly making a comeback. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) attributes this growth in population to the conservation efforts of the Chinese government. Some measures that government took include increasing the number of panda reserves, protecting forests, and creating a physical connection of isolated panda populations so they are able to mix.
The Chatham Petrel has made large strides in population growth in recent years. The bird was once classified as critically endangered, then endangered, and finally in 2015, it was classified as vulnerable. The bird breeds on the Chatham Islands, an island off the coast of New Zealand. Due to intensive conservation efforts, the Chatham Petrel has been able to flourish.
For decades, the Arabian oryx was heavily hunted, slowly dwindling the population. In Oman, a breeding program was created in order to boost the population. Many countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Israel, followed suit. Their numbers increased from nearly nothing to 1,000, making the population once again stable. The IUCN downgraded the Arabian Oryx from endangered to vulnerable in 2011.
The Wood Stork’s population once saw a decrease of 90% of its population. However, the U.S. government jumped into action with strong conservation efforts, including restoring the wetlands in the U.S. An increase in habitat led to a rise in the stork population. Its classification was changed from endangered to threatened in 2014.
Louisiana Black Bear
The Louisiana Black bear inhabits Louisiana, Mississippi, East Texas, and Arkansas, in the United States. The primary reason it was placed on the endangered species list was loss of habitat. However, due to impressive conservation and restoration of the forestland in Louisiana, the population was once again able to thrive. It was removed off the endangered species list in 2016.