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. Giraffe Population Numbers Are on the Rise

“The latest estimate, based on numbers collected from all over Africa, is just more than 117,000 animals, according to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. That’s an increase of nearly 20% since 2015.”

2. The return of the rufous-necked hornbill to Nepal

 “Considering the complete absence of Rufous-necked Hornbill from Nepal for nearly 200 years, the 2021 sighting of this globally threatened species, by D. Kharel is an important record”

3. 6 Environmental Wins from 2021 to uplift your spirits

“This includes stories like the first river to be granted legal personhood, reintroduction of plains bison to historic ranges and many others”

4. UK zoo helps lost Mexican fish live to see another Tequila sunrise

“A “charismatic little fish” declared extinct in the wild has been reintroduced to its native Mexico after being bred in an aquarium at Chester zoo.”

5. In historic move, Costa Rica makes big splash for conservation

“Costa Rica recently announced that it will expand its protected ocean area from 2.7 percent to more than 30 percent of its territorial waters — a major leap that puts the Central American country nine years ahead of a global deadline to protect nearly a third of the world’s land and sea.”

6. Australia’s biggest national park declared in South Australia’s far north

” The Munga-Thirri—Simpson Desert National Park in far northern South Australia reaches the Queensland and Northern Territory borders. The new park is more than half the size of Tasmania, or roughly three times the size of greater Sydney. “

7. Batman loach returns: fish feared extinct found in Turkey

“A freshwater fish that scientists thought was extinct has been found in south-east Turkey, after an absence of nearly 50 years.”

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