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. World’s Biggest Island Predator Eradication Project To Start On Stewart Island

” A research partnership agreement worth $2.8 million has been signed to make Stewart Island predator free. Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research and Predator Free Rakiura have teamed up for the project that will run for four years, with the initiative to eradicate all major predators  from Rakiura. A predator eradication project of this combined size and complexity has never been attempted before. “

2. Drone Images Provide Possible Glimpse of World’s Rarest Turtle

” A series of drone images taken by researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and partners may show the world’s most endangered turtle, Swinhoe’s softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei). The images were captured during aerial surveys on Dong Mo Lake some 30 miles west of Ha Noi.”

3. Cautious Optimism for Tigers in IUCN Update

“The 2015 Red List evaluation estimated about 3,200 wild tigers remaining, while the current estimate is about 4,500, suggesting a 40 percent increase in tiger numbers since 2014.”

4. The story of a working Australian farm helping to conserve the endangered Golden-shouldered Parrot.

” The Artemis Nature Fund is helping to restore grasslands and sparse open woodlands to help conserve this endangered species”

5. Chile’s New Tictoc-Golfo Corcovado Marine Park Protects Habitat for Blue Whales and Other Species

” The move protects 101,900 hectares (393.5 square miles) with unique ecological value. Numerous species feed and breed in the area, including blue, humpback, and pilot whales; Chilean dolphins; and several species of marine birds. “

6. Rare pygmy hogs released into the wild in India

” Ten captive-bred pygmy hogs were released into Manas National Park in Assam, India, by the Pygmy Hog Conservation Programme (PHCP) on the 8th and 10th June 2022. This is the third time Pygmy hogs have been reintroduced in Manas after the successful release of 14 Pygmy Hogs in 2020 and 12 Pygmy Hogs in 2021.

7. Welcome roam: wild bison return to UK – in pictures

” European Bison have been reintroduced into the UK for the first time this week in an exciting new rewilding project run by Kent Wildlife Trust “

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