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

1. Rare mammals caught on camera highlight value of Annamite Mountains

Camera-trap surveys in the Annamite mountain range between Laos and Vietnam have provided an overview of two incredibly rare and elusive mammals that occur nowhere else on the planet: the Annamite striped rabbit and Annamite dark muntjac. Understanding the distribution and habits of rare species is crucial to guide the development of effective conservation measures

2. ‘Nature has priority’: Rewilding map showcases nature-led restoration

The Global Rewilding Alliance and OpenForests have officially launched a map of rewilding projects around the world. Organizations have contributed stories, photos and videos for projects in 70 countries covering 1 million square kilometers (386,000 square miles), and the alliance’s leaders say more will be added.

3. Shell of a comeback: New app, awareness campaigns bring hope for hawksbill turtles

“Many scientists are hopeful, even if all the data isn’t collected yet. ‘The status of hawksbills has been improving in many parts of the world during the past three decades,’ Jeanne Mortimer, a turtle researcher who studies them in Seychelles, wrote.”

4. Indigenous people are leading effort to bring caribou back from brink of extinction

“The scientists found that before the interventions, the Klinse-Za population was declining by roughly 10% each year, a recipe for extinction. The combination of killing wolves and penning pregnant females enabled the population to grow by approximately 12% every year between 2014 and 2021”

5. A potential vaccine to protect amphibians against a deadly fungal disease

“The authors’  results showed  the strongest evidence to date that chytrid resistance can be established in frogs that would otherwise be highly susceptible and there is potential for a transmissible vaccine type control measure”

6. Return of the croc – Snapshots of a rare reptile reintroduction in Cambodia

“‘It’s an exciting moment for conservationists but also for all of Cambodia. Step by step, one of the world’s rarest reptiles is being brought back from the brink of extinction.’ Pablo Sinovas, Flora and Fauna International Flagship Species Manager, Cambodia”

7. Rare Sumatran rhino gives birth after eight miscarriages

“A Sumatran rhino has successfully given birth in an Indonesian sanctuary, after suffering eight miscarriages in the last 17 years. The WWF estimates fewer than 80 of the species remain in the world, mainly on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo.”

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