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. “
#Eradication of #InvasiveSpecies from islands is getting more effective & this is driving ambition to aim higher in enabling #EcologicalRestoration#GenerationRestoration… one island at a time— Question Mark (@markday331) July 24, 2022
Definitely a cause for #ConservationOptimism @PredatorFreeNZ @mwlr_nz @IUCN_ISSG https://t.co/SGwTu40LTv
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.”
Truly remarkable: a series of drone images taken by researchers from @TheWCS and partners may show the world’s most endangered #turtle, the Swinhoe’s Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) near Hanoi, #Vietnam. #ConservationOptimism #HappyMonday #MondayVibes. https://t.co/nWzCxjcvpW— Partners Against Wildlife Crime (@EUCWT) July 25, 2022
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”
This is a really important project to save one of Australia’s most stunning parrots from #extinction, which takes lots of hard work to restore its grassland habitat. #conservationoptimism #generationrestoration https://t.co/npi98R1GEN— JoeyC (@joeyrclarke) July 23, 2022
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. “
A new #marine protected area in #Chile now conserves over 100,000 ha of #ocean for #whales, #dolphins, and #seabirds!#protectedareas #birds #ocean #marine #blueplanet #nature #wildlife #biodiversity #conservationoptimism #conservation #LetNatureThrive https://t.co/Ebyen2XN8o— Global Conservation Solutions (@_GCS_) July 20, 2022
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.“
As part of a long-term #reintroduction program, 10 Pygmy #Hogs have been released into #India's Manas National Park to boost the pop'n!#rewilding #nationalparks #pigs #nature #wildlife #biodiversity #conservationoptimism #conservation #LetNatureThrivehttps://t.co/JsPv98ThzA pic.twitter.com/Qs9Z7PVJjP— Global Conservation Solutions (@_GCS_) July 18, 2022
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 “
Welcome roam: wild bison return to UK – in pictures https://t.co/G9Exe4qu3x— Guardian Environment (@guardianeco) July 19, 2022
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