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 “

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.”

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.”

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.”

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