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. The Guttman’s stream frog was rediscovered after being lost to science for 28 years
“The species was found in the montane forest of southern Mindanao, Philippines “
I'm so excited to share our rediscovery of the Guttman's Stream Frog (Pulchrana guttmani) in the montane forest of southern Mindanao, Philippines after being lost to science for 28 years! At last, we've found it!!! #BiodiversityPH Access the paper at https://t.co/rf28IVrBUU 1/3 pic.twitter.com/NWeNxlI4dd— Kier Mitchel E. Pitogo (@kieralreefs) January 23, 2021
2. Scientists are using satellite images to count African elephants from space
“This breakthrough could allow up to 5000 sq km of elephant habitat to be surveyed on a single cloud-free day.”
3. After 35 years of federal protection, a Midwestern bird is back from the brink of extinction
“The interior least tern, a hardy Midwestern bird that survived a craze for its plumage and dam-building that destroyed much of its habitat, has soared off the endangered species list.”
4. Jaguars prowl Argentina’s Iberá Wetlands after 70 years
“Conservationists recently released three jaguars — a mother and two cubs — into Gran Iberá Park in northeastern Argentina’s Corrientes province in an attempt to rewild the local ecosystem.”
“It is incredible … seeing these animals leaving the pen + leaving their footprints in the middle of the Iberá Wetlands. We’ve had the opportunity to spot them twice already, free. It’s an incredible accomplishment for us.”#ConservationOptimismhttps://t.co/IMn2n7EuDN— ICCB 2021 (@ICCB2021) January 23, 2021
5. Environmental filmmakers are turning the lens on wildlife beyond national parks in India
“Manta rays in the Indian Ocean, wolves and other wildlife from Pune’s grassland, and muggers in Goa’s estuaries were the subjects of three diverse environmental films released in 2020.”
6. Conservation efforts to save the UK’s native white-clawed crayfish from extinction continue to go from strength to strength
“Bristol Zoological Society recently completed the restoration of an old, overgrown pond on the outskirts of Bristol to provide a safe, new habitat for endangered crayfish to breed.”
2/2— Bristol Zoo Gardens (@BristolZooGdns) January 24, 2021
...extinct in Britain within 20 years.
BZS has now established 19 safe refuge or ‘ark sites’ for native white-clawed crayfish across the south west of England.https://t.co/98EKFnqMIH#ConservationOptimism #BIAZABrightSide pic.twitter.com/sBfdeEWbDA
7. New Zealand city closes busy road for weeks to protect sea lion mother and pup
“Move comes after pair take up residence at golf course and regularly need to navigate traffic to get to the nearest beach.”
The second largest city on New Zealand’s South Island has closed a popular road for an entire month in order for a sea lion to nest safely with its pup. ❤ #ConservationOptimism https://t.co/3Mmb7NAbl3— Danielle Shaw (@DanielleShaw92) January 21, 2021
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