Wondering what went right this week in the conservation world? We’ve got you covered with our Conservation Optimism Round-Up! Each week we are collating stories of optimism from around the globe so that you never miss your dose of Monday Motivation.

1. Pig in clover: how the world’s smallest wild hog was saved from extinction

“The pygmy hog is still endangered but a reintroduction programme in Assam, India, has given it a greater chance of survival “

2. For the first time in Canadian history, a river wins legal rights in global push to protect nature

“Canada joins at least 14 other countries – from Bolivia to New Zealand – where rivers and ecosystems have won protection with ‘nature rights’, just like those used to safeguard humans.”

3. Although often overlooked, small-scale conservation projects are having a big impact on wildlife and communities – even in conflict zones

“The NGO, Cameroon Gender and Environment Watch (CAMGEW), is training locals as beekeepers, giving them the prospect of a decent income from honey and beeswax products – and an incentive to protect the forest from bushfires..”

4. US House passes historic public lands bill pledging to protect nearly 3 million acres

“The US House of Representatives has passed a historic public lands preservation bill that pledges to protect nearly 3m acres of federal lands in Colorado, California, Washington and Arizona.”

5. Endangered turtles troop back to Bellinger River

“Over 30 critically endangered Bellinger River snapping turtles, bred at Taronga Zoo, have been returned to their Bellinger River habitat and appear to be well after recent floods.”

6. Pangasinan town forest declared critical habitat and protected area

“A new protected area has been designated in the Philippines, conserving over 4,400 ha of critical forest habitat for numerous threatened species, including the Philippine Eagle Owl, Rufous Hornbill and others”

7. Population of critically endangered Bahama Oriole is much larger than previously thought

“Older studies estimated the entire population at fewer than 300, so the new results indicate there are at least 10 times as many Bahama Orioles as previously understood.”

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