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. ‘Incredibly moving’: songs by threatened birds beat Abba to No 5 spot on Australian music charts

” An album consisting entirely of birdsong has debuted towards the top of Australia’s Aria chart, beating Mariah Carey, Michael Buble and Abba to get to No 5 one week after its release. Songs of Disappearance, a collaboration between multimedia duo the Bowerbird Collective and David Stewart, who has been recording the sounds of Australian birds for over four decades, features the calls and songs of 53 threatened species.”

2. China’s wild camel population sees signs of recovery amid conservation efforts

 “China’s wild camel population has been gradually growing in recent years, increasing from around 600 in 2004 to about 700 currently.”

3. Survey shows threatened whio population climbing, proof recovery programme working

“The number of breeding pairs of New Zealand’s threatened whio (blue duck) has almost tripled over the past 10 years, according to a Department of Conservation survey.”

4. ‘It is phenomenal’: Farne Islands seal numbers expected to reach new high

The Farne Islands are home to one of England’s largest grey seal colonies and have the longest history of seal pup counting. This week National Trust rangers – helped for the first time by thermal imagery technology – were completing a crucial count, which did not take place last year because of the pandemic.”

5. White rhinos flown from South Africa to Rwanda in largest single translocation

“In the largest single rhino translocation ever undertaken, 30 white rhinos have been introduced to Akagera National Park in Rwanda, sourced from Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa. “

6. Fish ‘whoops and growls’ recorded on restored reef

“Scientists who “eavesdropped” on a restored coral reef in Indonesia say their recordings of fish “whooping, croaking and growling” are the reef coming back to life.”

7. How Andean Condors in Peru saved the California condor from extinction

The California Condor narrowly dodged extinction in the 1980s thanks to conservation efforts involving Andean Condors reintroduced to Peru’s Illescas peninsula. The Illescas wilderness will soon be officially protected as Illescas National Reserve, a development which spurred Enrique Ortiz, Senior Program Director at the Andes Amazon Fund, to recount the story of how Andean Condors helped save the California Condor.

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