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. Manta rays and whale sharks are now protected in Mozambique

“A new commercial fishing law enacts sweeping protections for several threatened species, including whale sharks, manta rays, and all mobula species.”

2. Rare ant rescued from brink of extinction with help of DIY conservation tools

“A project led by wildlife charity Buglife and Devon Wildlife Trust has used a collection of seemingly ragtag DIY conservation tools to help rescue the endangered narrow-headed ant (Formica exsecta) from extinction.”

3. Namibian demersal longline fishery has reduced seabird bycatch deaths by 98%

“A new paper hot off the press shows that seabird deaths in the Namibian demersal longline fishery have been reduced by 98%. That equates to 22,000 birds saved!”

4. New treatment appears to be safe and efficacious for sarcoptic mange in the bare-nosed wombat

“The findings presented here signify an important advance in effective sarcoptic mange management, and we propose fluralaner as the agent of choice for future individual and population-scale control attempts in free-living bare-nosed wombats.”

5. Peruvian Diving Petrel shows signs of recovery

“Peruvian diving petrel has shown signs of recovery in Chile, with the Endangered seabird undergoing a rapid population increase following protection of its island breeding grounds.”

6. Orca pod returns to the Broughton Archipelago for first time in more than 20 years

“The A5 pod has returned to the Broughton Archipelago, their traditional winter hunting ground, with a brand new baby in tow.”

7. Quebec meets UN Convention’s Terrestrial Protected Area Target of 17%

“On December 17, 2020, the Premier of Quebec François Legault and the Environment and Climate Change Minister Benoît Charette announced that the province will now protect an area of 257,000 sq km.”

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