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. Grizzly bears ‘thriving’ in Alberta, estimates show
“Efforts to help the Alberta grizzly bear population recover are working and the province now has between 856 and 973 grizzlies, according to Alberta Environment and Parks. “
🐻🇺🇸 #ConservationOptimism news from Alberta!— ipbes (@IPBES) April 16, 2021
'Efforts to help the Alberta grizzly bear population recover are working & the province now has between 856-973 grizzlies'
2. Elephants are thriving in Namibia
“Although the African Savannah elephant has recently been classified as endangered by the IUCN, populations are increasing in Namibia and their range is expanding”
Elephant populations are increasing in #Namibia, which is great news considering that savannah elephants are now classified as #Endangered. We dive into the data behind Namibia's #elephant counts and give the trend for 1995-2019. #ConservationOptimismhttps://t.co/s4SrrNf69f— Conservation Namibia 🇳🇦 (@ConservationNa1) April 14, 2021
3. Nepal rhino numbers rise in ‘exciting’ milestone
” According to the results of the latest census, Nepal’s rhino population has risen to 752, from 645 in 2015. Nepal is among only a few countries where greater one-horned rhinos are found. The animal was close to extinction in the last century, and its revival in Nepal and India is regarded as one of the greatest conservation success stories in Asia. “
a nice bit of news to push us through this thursday morning 🥳— Josh Luke Davis 🏳️🌈 (@JoshLukeDavis) April 15, 2021
the number of greater-one horned rhinos in Nepal has increased from 645 to 752! It might not look like much, but each little step is worth a little celebration 🦏🎉 #ConservationOptimismhttps://t.co/wa9gNH3K1k
4. Threatened Burrowing Owl Gets Chance to Thrive in the Wild
“Thanks to a long-term conservation program in California, 24 Burrowing Owls have been reintroduced to San Diego County in an effort to boost the state population. “
5. Ghana’s Atewa Forest has been listed on the world’s Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) sites.
“The recent discovery of the endemic (found nowhere else in the world) Afia Birago puddle frog in swampy habitats within the summits of Atewa Forest has ensured the forest now holds this highest globally recognized conservation designation – in addition to its existing status as a Key Biodiversity Area. “
Ghana’s Atewa Forest has been listed on the world’s Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) sites.— Synchronicity Earth (@SynchEarth) April 14, 2021
The recent discovery of Atewa's endemic Afia Birago puddle frog has granted this status, which will restrict mining activities.https://t.co/a93hI0DIav #SaveAtewa #ConservationOptimism
6. Researchers discover a new species of lizard in the Venezuelan Amazon region
“A group of researchers reported the discovery of a new species of lizard of about 8.5 centimeters in length and that lives in the vicinity of the Tobogán del Cuao in the Cerro Autana Natural Monument, in the Venezuelan Amazon state. “
🦎 A #NewSpecies of lizard has been discovered in Venezuela! 🦎— World Land Trust (@worldlandtrust) April 13, 2021
Celsa Señaris, a founder and associate researcher of WLT partner @provita_ong, was among the scientists that described "Kataphraktosaurus ungerhamiltoni".
Congratulations to all involved 👏#conservationoptimism https://t.co/uE1yv86ww8
7. Argentina’s government has voted to create two new marine parks that cover an area the size of Hungary
” Two new marine parks that together make up an area the size of Hungary have been created in the South Atlantic Ocean. Together, they make up 37,000 square miles of marine protected areas (MPAs) teeming with sea creatures, many of which are classified as threatened species. ”
Need a dose of ocean optimism? Argentina established two marine protected areas encompassing several species that can't be found anywhere else in the world.#marineconservation #MPA #oceanoptimism https://t.co/MIGgeLt4ZY— CSU COAST (@csucoast) April 12, 2021
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