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. “

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”

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. “

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. “

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. “

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. ”

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