Humans are pretty good at destroying things. Like habitats, animal populations... you catch my drift. But, there have been a few species that humans have helped bring back from the brink of extinction.

Special Thanks to: Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Kākāpō Recovery, New Zealand Department of Conservation, and Dr. Andrew Digby.

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Sources:
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/animal-extinctions/
Black-footed ferret:
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/b/black-footed-ferret/
http://blackfootedferret.org/conservation-science/
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/14020/0
http://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/disease_information/sylvatic_plague/publications/protecting_black-footed_ferrets.pdf
Galapagos tortoise:
http://www.galapagos.org/conservation/conservation/project-areas/ecosystem-restoration/tortoise-restoration/
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/9024/0
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/9017/0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdzVagISaO4
http://www.galapagos.org/blog/santa-fe-restoration-2/
Bald eagle:
http://nationalgeographic.org/media/eggshell-cracks/
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22695144/0
http://mdc.mo.gov/sites/default/files/resources/2010/04/4068_1693.pdf
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/brown_pelican/lifehistory
https://www.fws.gov/midwest/Eagle/recovery/biologue.html
https://www.fws.gov/midwest/Eagle/recovery/index.html
Kakapo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KagOPIWHec&t=642s
http://kakaporecovery.org.nz/
http://www.doc.govt.nz/kakapo
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2082917-the-hands-on-breeding-effort-saving-the-worlds-weirdest-parrot/
https://experiment.com/projects/sequencing-the-genomes-of-all-known-kakapo
(Dr Andrew Digby and Bronwyn Jeynes, personal communication)
Humpback whale:
http://www.npr.org/2014/12/26/373303726/recordings-that-made-waves-the-songs-that-saved-the-whales
http://nationalgeographic.org/news/big-fish-history-whaling/
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/13006/0
Wollemi pine:
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/fungal-threat-secret-wollemi-pine-population-offers-hope-for-species-survival-20160823-gqyzju.html
https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/Science-Conservation/Our-Work-Discoveries/Germplasm-Conservation-Horticulture/Wollemi-Pine-Conservation-Program
http://www.wollemipine.com/watch/issue_12.php#story5
Sea otter:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/10/sea-otters-global-warming-trophic-cascades-food-chain-kelp
http://seaotters.com/2013/05/why-are-sea-otters-important-no-sea-otters-no-kelp-forests/
http://nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/keystone-species/
http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/7750/0
Images:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Endangered_Black-Footed_Ferret_-_26003368476.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Endangered_Black-Footed_Ferret_(26029308985).jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Black-footed_Ferret_(5244704610).jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Prairie_dogs_at_the_memphis_zoo.JPG
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Black-footed_Ferret_area.png
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lonesome_George_(4228259547).jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gal%C3%A1pagos_tortoise_Santa_Cruz.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Galapagos_national_park.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Adler_jagt.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2010-bald-eagle-with-fish.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Humpback_Whale_underwater_shot.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Humpback_stellwagen_edit.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sea_otter_pair2.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sea-otter-morro-bay_on-back.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mother_sea_otter_with_rare_twin_baby_pups_(9137174915).jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sanc0063_-_Flickr_-_NOAA_Photo_Library.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sea_otter_with_sea_urchin.jpg