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Once Extinct, Almost Extinct, Now Back

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Monday, December 18, 2017/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, video, sustainability, art and design, environment, adventure


                                           Lord Howe Island, Australia (credit: Chris Holly)

Animation is often able to tell a complex story in a far more interesting manner than would be expected. The  Australian documentary, Sticky, presents a narrative of real hope about the recovery of an endangered species.

The filmmakers used cutting edge animation to tell the history of Lord Howe Island and what happened to its unique wildlife when invasive rats were unleashed upon the island. An endemic species of 'stick insects', often called a tree lobster,  was quickly removed from the entire island until one tiny population was rediscovered on oceanic rock outcrops away from the main island and then successfully bred in captivity. Here's the trailer:

Sticky is an improbably story about a once-thought extinct species, told in a terrific way, and which offers hope for other endangered species recovery efforts elsewhere. It only requires being mindful and put the effort forward to accomplish what might have seemed impossible.



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