Nature bouncing back

From an end to overtourism, to the environmental benefits of reduced aviation, nature has been able to bounce back in the last year.

With fewer people traveling and emissions falling, 2020 has seen nature enjoy a brief respite from the depredations brought onto humanity.

Rangers in Golden Ears Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada, reported a rise in cougar sightings.

Yosemite National Park’s closure meant animals spent the early part of the year exploring areas normally dominated by humans, with bobcats regularly spotted and a quadrupling of bear numbers.

Rhino poaching in South Africa dropped by 53% during the first half of the year too, with a lack of international flights slowing the smuggling of their precious horns.

However, the fall in tourist numbers means many conservation projects are facing a fraught future. As lockdowns ease, poaching is expected to rise, meaning tourists are needed to help grow awareness.


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