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. Survey to be conducted in Scotland about lynx in first step towards potential reintroduction

“Conservationists this year will launch a year-long study in Scotland to gauge public attitudes towards lynx and the prospect of a reintroduction. “

2. Feared Extinct Catalina Island Shrew Caught on Camera by Researchers

“After not being seen for 15 years in California and feared extinct, researchers have rediscovered the endemic Catalina Island Shrew.”

3. Over 300 seedlings of the critically endangered Dracaena draco to be planted in Cape Verde

“This action will boost Brava Island’s population of Critically Endangered Dracaena draco subsp. caboverdeana.”

4. How creating wildlife crossings can help reindeer, bears – and even crabs

“This week, Swedish authorities announced they would build up to a dozen “renoducts” (reindeer viaducts) to aid the crossings and allow reindeer herds to reach grazing more easily.”

5. Major national park expansion for South America’s other big forest

“Traslasierra National Park– located in the northwest of Córdoba, Argentina and created in March 2018 – will add 17,000 hectares to the 27,000 it already has.”

6. Snails and slugs sliding back after fires

“One of NSW’s most range-restricted groups of land snail and slug, impacted by severe bushfire during 2019, has been found to be recovering.”

7. Double sightings of Caucasian leopard in Armenia gives hope for endangered subspecies survival

“A new Caucasian Leopard has been identified for the first time in camera trap footage from Armenia’s Caucasus Wildlife Refuge (CWR).”

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