This is a far more enjoyable entry than my previous diary: "Rare River Dolphin... Extinct" in reference to the extinction of the Chinese River dolphin.
As a strobusguy commented in that diary, "We've lost a lot, and we continue to lose battles. But we can occasionally bring back a species, or a place...", and sometime one must balance out the sadness of loss with enouraging news.
And so it is nice to hear this:
Cambodia's rare Mekong dolphin is making a tentative comeback from the edge of extinction after net fishing was banned in its main habitat, Cambodian and World Wildlife Fund officials said on Wednesday.
Fishing was banned in the area last year and local people encouraged to grow crops or work in the growing tourism industry instead of fishing.
What is particularly striking to me is that Cambodia, which is a developing economy like China, nonetheless had the will to protect its own biological heritage. To me this is enouraging because it means extinction does not have to be the price of development.