Survival of world's largest butterfly no longer dependent on a wing and a prayer
The world's largest butterfly, the Queen Alexandra's Birdwing, has been given a new lifeline with a pioneering project led by the Sime Darby Foundation (SDF) and the recently created Swallowtail and Birdwing Butterfly Trust (SBBT).
The initiative sees the creation of a state-of-the-art captive breeding and release programme for the severely endangered Ornithoptera alexandrae species in the remote heart of Papua New Guinea.
The birdwing is under threat from encroaching agriculture, logging and illegal trade, despite having been officially recognised as under threat for more than four... read more
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