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Last Updated: Thursday September 28 2006 15:25 GMT

Which animals are fighting back from extinction?

Black rhino

Loads of animals are threatened with dying out but for creatures like the large blue butterfly there's good news as their numbers recover.

It's not the only creature that has come back from the brink of extinction thanks to projects to save them.

Black Rhino

One of the big success stories is the southern Black rhino which live in Africa.

Their numbers dropped to about 2,000 in the 1970s because they were hunted by poachers - hunters who steal and kill animals - who wanted their horns.

But a huge effort and stricter controls on poaching have led to an increase in their numbers to about 3,600.

Golden lion tamarin

Golden lion tamarin
Golden lion tamarin

There is also good news for the golden lion tamarin primate which lives in the rainforest in Brazil. The creature was on the critically endangered list after its habitat was hacked down but over the last 20 years their numbers have doubled.


Mountain gorillas are also on the up, although they still have a long way to go. They live in just two tiny forest areas of Africa and their numbers have increased slightly over the last few years. But there are still only about 700 left in the wild.


Lots of birds seem to be doing better, including the white tailed eagle, which was listed as threatened in 2004 but has now been re-classified as 'of least concern' thanks to good conservation in Europe.

And in the US, the ivory-billed woodpecker that was previously thought extinct was recently spotted for the first time in 60 years.



In the UK otters are starting to make a comeback because rivers have been cleaned up and they are no longer hunted. And there's good news for goldfinches who are regularly appearing in UK gardens after they almost disappeared in the 1970s.