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Several species of animal have gone extinct in recent years and increasing numbers are vulnerable or threatened, mainly because of loss of habitat and rising levels of pollution.

Honey bees pollinate three quarters of the world’s agricultural plants, and there is no complete solution to the problem of entire colonies of honey bees mysteriously dying at ever increasing rates. Circa January 2018, “artist” Michael Candy of Brisbane, Australia created The Synthetic Pollenizer, which uses 3D printed flower petals and artificial stamen, offering bees a place to collect pollen and nectar without exposing them to pesticides. The design of the flowers took inspiration from that of rapeseed blossoms.

Coral reefs provide habitat and shelter for hundreds of aquatic species and are suffering sharp declines in their population, mainly because of rising water temperatures and acidities. Circa September 2016, the Harbour Village Beach Club of the Caribbean island of Bonaire collaborated with ocean conservationist Fabien Cousteau to design and print artificial corals for the island. (Fabien Cousteau is the eldest grandson of marine conservation pioneer Jacques Cousteau, who invented the aqualung with engineer Émile Gagnan.) Artificial reefs are usually made of either lime or sandstone and are used to attract coral polyps that will eventually grow into full colonies to create a new reef. The world’s largest 3D printed coral reef was designed by the Reef Design Lab of Melbourne, Australia and was installed in the Maldives in August 2018.

The shell of an infant tortoise is notably less durable and less strong than an adult’s, and a significant number of species of tortoise are endangered due to predation. Hardshell Labs of Haines, Alaska is working to protect the Californian desert’s tortoise population by 3D printing decoys of infants that should deter birds from attacking other tortoises. The project started at the 2017 Autodesk University conference in Cape Town, South Africa; it is being done in collaboration with multinational software corporation Autodesk of San Rafael, California, and 3D design and development company Think2Thing of Toronto, Canada.

Conservationists are facing increasing problems that will need inventive solutions. The more 3D printing technology evolves, the greater its place in wildlife conservation will become.

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Disclaimer: Featured image of “Edwards’ Dodo” is a faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art; the work of art itself is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 100 years or less.