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. New evidence raises hopes for the survival of rare Siamese crocs in Kaeng Krachan National Park

“After not being seen for more than 16 years in a National Park in Thailand, recent sightings of the critically endangered Siamese Crocodile raises hope for their recovery! “

2. Karolina Žemyna Gurjazkaitė  has led the first dam removal project in Lithuania, thereby improving habitat connectivity and restoring river quality.

“For migratory fish such as sea trout and Atlantic salmon, habitat connectivity is key to ensure proper migration and spawning.”

3. A new hope for China’s endangered animals

Thirty-two years after first publishing its List of Wild Animals Under State Priority Conservation, China has made an update, more than doubling the size of the list to 980. Key additions include wolves and many endangered bird species.

4. After an absence of over 180 years, the endemic Wētāpunga (or Giant Weta) is being reintroduced to three islands in New Zealand!

“With support from Ngati Manuhiri and Department of Conservation, we’ve been able to breed and release more than 5,000 of these giant wētā and this Bay of Islands partnership marks the six, seventh and eight Islands that we’re restoring these incredible ectotherms to.”

5. Ten conservation success stories when species came back from the brink

“The blue whale, the mountain gorilla and the European bison are among the animals that have avoided extinction, showing what works to preserve the world’s wildlife”

6. Find out how Conservationists are using a rum distillery to protect sea turtles in the Dominican Republic.

“The Rosalie Conservation Center in the Dominican Republic merges a fish hatchery and a rum distillery to create a model for non-profit conservation financing. This hybrid venture will provide aquaculture training and operate a rum distillery as a financially sustainable form of funding”

7.Why a Tiny Island Created the Biggest Marine Sanctuary in the South Atlantic

“Some 700,000 square kilometers of Tristan’s surrounding waters (an area about three times the size of the UK itself) are now a wildlife sanctuary, off-limits to any extractive activities. ”

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