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Svalbard reindeer double in number after only 10 years of conservation effort

This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.

Reindeer and caribou populations are in decline, under pressure from a changing climate and human encroachment, and their numbers are thought to have fallen by as much as 40% in just thirty years. However, a conservation programme in Svalbard has bucked the trend and the reindeer population is on the rise. Only found on the Norwegian archipelago, the Svalbard reindeer are the smallest in the world and now number over 22,600 on the island, up from only 10,000 in 2009.

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