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Once Extinct, Almost Extinct, Now Back

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Thursday, January 3, 2019/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, video, sustainability, art and design, environment, adventure


                                           Lord Howe Island, Australia (credit: Chris Holly)

Animation can often tell a complex story in a far more compelling way than expected. The Australian documentary, Sticky, presents a narrative of real hope about the recovery of a species thought extinct.

The filmmakers used cutting edge animation to present the history of Lord Howe Island and what happened to its unique wildlife after invasive rats were released on the island. An endemic species of 'stick insects', referred to as a tree lobster, was quickly removed from the entire island until one tiny population was rediscovered on an isolated rocky outcrop and then successfully bred in captivity. Here's the award-winning animation:

Sticky is an improbably story of recovery about a virtually extinct species, told in animation, that offers hope for other endangered species. It only requires being mindful in directed efforts to accomplish what might seem impossible.



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