From the Brink of Extinction: 10 Remarkable Comebacks in the Animal Kingdom

Sea Otters

Once hunted extensively for their dense fur, sea otters' populations have rebounded thanks to international hunting bans and conservation programs, although they remain classified as endangered​​.

Fen Orchid

This rare European wildflower has seen a resurgence in its population in the UK due to habitat restoration and legal protection, with over 4,000 plants counted in recent surveys​​.

Blue Whale

The largest animals on Earth, blue whales were nearly driven to extinction by whaling. Legal protections have allowed their numbers to slowly increase, yet they remain far less numerous than before​​.

Island Night Lizard

Once endangered due to habitat destruction and predation by non-native species, this reptile's populations have recovered significantly on their native islands off southern California, leading to its removal from the endangered species list​​.

Rodrigues Fruit Bat

Threatened by deforestation and habitat fragmentation, these bats are now increasing in numbers thanks to captive breeding programs and habitat conservation efforts, though they are still considered endangered​​.

Fisher's Estuarine Moth

Found only in specific habitats in England, this moth's survival was threatened by habitat loss and climate change. Conservation efforts have helped maintain its population​​.

Pygmy Rwandan Water Lily

Once extinct in the wild, this small water lily was saved by botanists who cultivated it from samples collected before its habitat was destroyed​​.

Shortnose Sturgeon

This prehistoric fish, which inhabits both fresh and saltwater, has been brought back from the brink of extinction through protective legislation and captive breeding programs​​.

Arabian Oryx

Once extinct in the wild, the species has rebounded to over 1,000 individuals in their natural habitat thanks to captive breeding and reintroduction efforts by zoos worldwide​​​​.

California Condor

With only 27 individuals left at one point, the species has been revived to hundreds flying in Californian skies through captive breeding and reintroduction efforts by zoos like San Diego Wild Animal Park and the Los Angeles Zoo​​​​.