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. A recent report by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners reveals that numbers of American bald eagles in the lower 48 states have quadrupled since 2009.
“After decades of conservation efforts, it has now grown to more than 71,400 nesting pairs, and an estimated 316,700 individuals.”
2. During July and August last year, two black rhino calves were born at Borana Conservancy, Kenya, and the monitoring team is hopeful that there will be another calf coming soon
” Borana is one of Africa’s newest rhino conservancies, and one of its most successful. Today, the Lewa-Borana Landscape hosts 12% and 14% of Kenya’s black and white rhino population, respectively.”
3. Thriving population of endangered monkeys gives hope to conservationists
“Van Long Nature Reserve in Vietnam has effectively protected its langur population, which has quadrupled in size since the reserve was established in 2001. With currently around 200 individuals, the reserve houses the bulk of the world’s remaining Delacour’s langurs.“
🐒🇻🇳 Delacour’s langur is a critically endangered primate species endemic to #Vietnam, w/ fewer than 300 remaining— ipbes (@IPBES) March 25, 2021
Van Long Nature Reserve has now protected its langur population, which grew 4x in size since 2001📈🐵@mongabay #ConservationOptimismhttps://t.co/fmN81hQsq0
4. Látrabjarg cliffs – Iceland’s most famous bird cliffs are now officially protected.
“The area boasts the country’s largest population of seabirds, including the world’s largest known nesting ground for razorbill. Numerous bird species nest in the area, including threatened ones, such as puffin and razorbill. “
A new protected area in #Iceland now conserves #cliff habitat for the country’s largest population of #seabirds, including #Razorbills!— Global Conservation Solutions (@_GCS_) March 24, 2021
(Photo: Ann Pacheco) #protectedareas #cliffs #nature #wildlife #conservationoptimism #conservation #LetNatureThrivehttps://t.co/tYq3HWxCL5 pic.twitter.com/t3WAz9TJcM
5. Red List update: how we brought the Red Kite home to the UK
“The Red Kite was down listed in the latest Red List update to Least Concern thanks in part to a wildly successful reintroduction program that saw the species return to England and Scotland after a century’s absence”
6. Marine park expansion gazetted 2 years after Cabinet approval in the Cayman Islands.
“The Cayman’s Cabinet approved the expansion plan to designate nearly half – 48% – of Cayman’s coastal waters as marine parks, under regulations gazetted recently. Prior to this, 14% of coastal waters were zoned as protected areas.”
Some great #ConservationOptimism. After a decade of public consultation & negotiations, nearly half of Cayman's coastal waters will now be zones as marine parks #MPAs. But like all 'protected areas, it comes down to what can & can't be done within them. https://t.co/K85vmwsj0D— Mel dawson (@Meldawson6) March 23, 2021
7. Russian conservationists hail rare sighting of Amur leopard with cubs
“Russian conservationists have hailed a rare sighting of an Amur leopard mother with three cubs in the far-eastern region of Primorye as proof of the efficiency of the country’s efforts to boost the population of the endangered species.”
Some #conservationoptimism from #Russia - #Amur #leopard + cubs spotted, payoff for hard graft over years by Russian govt, @WWF Russia, bringing pop back from the brink of #extinction https://t.co/p8ByKDA8eI— EJ Milner-Gulland (@EJMilnerGulland) March 27, 2021