Keepers at a British zoo are celebrating the appearance of five eggs that suggest an attempt to save one of the world’s rarest creatures – the Lord Howe Island stick insect – is working. The eggs were found at Bristol zoo gardens, which is part of a global effort to prevent the animals becoming extinct. The zoo’s effort to save the species, which hails from a remote Australian island, began in 2015, when 300 eggs, carefully packed in sterilised sand, arrived from Melbourne zoo. Six animals reached adulthood – three breeding pairs – and produced eggs, which started hatching in May 2017. Five of those survived and have now produced eggs of their own.

Read the full article “Bristol zoo eggs raise hopes for endangered stick insect” by Steven Morris for The Guardian.

Photo by Mark Bushell

 

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