After decades of dedicated work from conservation and research groups, including the University of Western Australia and the University of Melbourne, Australia’s rarest reptile species has been brought back from the brink of extinction.
Earlier this month, the 500th captive-bred Western Swamp Tortoise was released into the wild. The program aims to help populations of the tiny tortoise to better survive changing conditions brought about by climate change and human action such as land clearing for housing and agriculture. The milestone is an important step towards the revival and rescue of wild populations of animals affected by an increasingly uncertain environment.
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