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Battersea launches first ever tea party
Battersea launches first ever tea party

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Chatter box Peter Laurie, the highly regarded chief executive of the Retired Greyhound Trust, has been appointed as Battersea's director of operations.

Peter will be responsible for the direction and management of all aspects of the day to day running on the home's centres, over 60 per cent of the charity's staff and more than one thousand volunteers.

Battersea's Chief Executive, Claire Horton, said: "I'm thrilled Peter is joining Battersea as our new operations director, as he offers us such a breadth of experience across all a sectors of animal welfare and dogs in particular, and is hugely respected in the sector."

Peter Laurie takes up his post in February 2015. Chatter box

Giant tortoise population recovers from brink of extinction

A population of endangered giant tortoises, which once fell to just 15, has recovered on the Galapagos island of Espanola.

Forty years ago, the first captive-bred tortoises were introduced to the island by the Galapagos National Park Service. According to new research, published in the journal PLOS ONE, they are now reproducing and restoring some of the ecological damage caused by feral goats that were brought to the island in the late 19th century.

James P. Gibbs, a professor of vertebrate conservation biology and lead author of the paper, said: "The global population was down to just 15 tortoises by the 1960s. Now there are some 1,000 tortoises breeding on their own. The population is secure. It's a rare example of how biologists and managers can collaborate to recover a species from the brink of extinction."

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