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. Zoológico Nacional de Chile  has welcomed the laying of 250 new Loa frog eggs

“The hatching of the rare tadpoles strengthens the hope of preserving the species, which is on the brink of extinction.”

2. Birds thrive five years after restoration on Acteon and Gambier Islands

“Five years after a vast rat removal operation on Acteon and Gambier islands, by an international conservation team, endangered bird populations are on the rise and still, there are no signs of rats.”

3. Zambia hailed the return of cheetahs to one of Africa’s most important wetlands

“Bangweulu Wetlands in Zambia has received a small founding group of cheetahs – the first of their species to return to this unique community-owned, protected wetland in almost a century.”

4. Endangered Alabama salamander got new preserve

“State, federal and private conservation interests gathered last week to celebrate the addition of almost 5,000 acres of protected land to the salamander’s habitat in Monroe County, near the community of Franklin.”

5. Recent surveys indicate that the Dalmatian pelican is making a tentative comeback in Europe

“The number of breeding pairs of Dalmatian pelicans in the Romanian part of the Danube Delta was estimated to be between 446 and 486 in 2020.”

6. Amid tensions in Myanmar, an indigenous park of peace appeared

“The Salween Peace Park is being lauded as a model for conservation that draws less on Western science and more on ethnic cultural traditions of foraging for wild foods, taboos on hunting, and forest-friendly farming.”

7. Ivory Coast has just designated their first Marine Protected Area

“Ivory Coast created its first-ever marine protected area off the coast of the tiny western town of Grand-Bereby, an area that includes mangroves and reefs and is considered a globally important nesting ground for sea turtles.”

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