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. Twenty-one deep-sea coral hot spots are now protected in the Gulf of Mexico

“The decision designates 21 sites totaling 484 square miles (more than twice the size of New Orleans) as Habitat Areas of Particular Concern.”

2. Beavers have been reintroduced in Cheshire

” A pair of Eurasian beavers have been reintroduced to Hatchmere Nature Reserve after 400 years.”

3. A new giraffe calf has been recorded in Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda

“15 critically endangered Nubian giraffe were reintroduced here in 2015. This latest addition, seen here with her mum Suni, brings the population up to a fantastic 32 giraffe!”

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They’ve done it again! New baby alert from Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda! 15 critically endangered Nubian giraffe were reintroduced here in 2015. This latest addition, seen here with her mum Suni, brings the population up to a fantastic 32 giraffe! If you’d like to find out more about the work of GCF and hear more of our conservation success stories across Africa join us as we chat live on Instagram to Jungle Jordan @junglejordan23 on Tuesday 10 November 9am PST / 5pm GMT / 7pm CAT. @lake_mburo_communities #babygiraffe #lakemburonationalpark #uganda #operationtwiga #giraffe #giraffes #giraffesofmburo #northerngiraffe #nubiangiraffe #criticallyendangered #endangeredspecies #conservationsuccess #positivenews #conservationoptimism #giraffeconservationfoundation #savegiraffe #giraffeconservation #welovegiraffe #giraffelove #wildlifephotography #africanwildlife

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4.  Endangered plants are bouncing back after South Coast fires in Australia

“Inspections found resilient bush ecosystems were springing back to life, with rare and threatened plants recovering post-fires.”

5. A multifaceted approach has been key to the successful conservation of the Komodo dragon

“Indonesia and Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis) in particular are a vivid example of a quite successful multifaceted approach to the world’s largest lizard conservation in both protected and non-protected areas championed by the Komodo Survival Program (KSP), a relatively young (established in 2007) but effective Indonesian NGO.”

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Great article by the Komodo Survival Program (https://komododragon.org) in the ZooAquaria Autumn 2020 on how we work together to save the Komodo dragons (and not only in Komodo Island!!). More than a decade of support and partnership with the EEP Komodo of EAZA and KSP. Proud of be part of this programme and becoming a reference for other species programmes following One Plan Approach. Error in the authorship: Achmad Ariefiandy, Deni Purwandana, Claudio Ciofi, Muhammad Azmi, Tim Jessop and Puspita Insan…and not me. https://www.eaza.net/assets/Uploads/Zooquaria/ZQIssues/2020/ZQ109v3-web.pdf #conservation #conservationoptimism #conservationscience #zoo #komododragon #dragons #EAZA #reptile

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6. Peru issued a 35 million dollar fine and ordered plantation company to leave the Amazon

“In an unprecedented decision, the Peruvian Environmental Assessment and Enforcement Agency (OEFA) issued a fine of 129,000,000 soles (35 million dollars) to the plantation company Tamshi SAC in the province of Loreto for continuing to operate without required environmental permits and for illegally disposing of hazardous waste in the Peruvian Amazon.”

7. India’s Gangetic dolphin count rose to 41

“In a major boost to the efforts to save the Gangetic dolphin, the latest studies have shown that their numbers are increasing. “

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