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. ‘Conservation should be seen as what communities have always done’

Efforts to protect wildlife and landscapes have generally been shifting away from “fortress conservation” toward more inclusive approaches. Among these latter approaches are community conservancies, which have been expanding around the world, but have especially gained traction in East Africa.

2. For World Gorilla Day 2021, a conservation success story

 “By engaging rather than excluding communities and ensuring that local people benefit from conservation, we have found that we can protect wildlife with a footprint that is 15 times smaller than that for mountain gorillas.”

3. The cat is back: Wild Amur tigers rebound in China, thanks to govt policies

Camera trap footage taken between 2013 and 2018 revealed that about 55 endangered Amur tigers are now living in northeastern China.

4. Bearded Vultures in the Alps break their record once again, producing the highest-ever known number of fledglings

“In this year’s breeding season, 61 territories have been reported to the IBM-network, with 53 chicks hatching. This year, a record number of 44 fledglings took off for their first flight, 7 more fledglings than in 2020.”

5. Kenya’s elephant population is on the rise

” There has been a surge in elephant populations in Kenya, according to the country’s first ever wildlife census. The numbers have increased ever since the African nation cracked down on illegal poaching in its fight to conserve vital wildlife.”


“It is an area with about 700km of rivers, with a total surface of about 1 million hectares, in Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and Serbia . This makes it the biggest protected river area in Europe.”

7. Dancing, starry dwarf and narrow-mouthed: new species make India a frog paradise

“Dozens of discoveries in recent years have shown the country to be a treasure trove of amphibians”

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