Conservation Optimism

Painting a new future for a Critically Endangered terrapin

SatuCita Foundation is one of the newest partners in Synchronicity Earth’s Asian Species Programme with a particular focus on one Critically Endangered species: the painted terrapin. Anna Heath writes about the mission of a young Sumatran conservationist to save a remarkable freshwater turtle from extinction. “Someone must do something to [...]

By |2022-06-21T14:36:20+00:00December 20th, 2021|Asian Species, Captive Breeding, Conservation Optimism, Southeast Asia|Comments Off on Painting a new future for a Critically Endangered terrapin

Four conservation stories from 2021 to make you smile

2021 has presented many challenges for conservation, with COVID-19 continuing to prevent safe engagement with communities, causing delays or cancellations to in-person events, and affecting marginalised communities the hardest. However, our team at Synchronicity Earth continue to be inspired by the resilience and resourcefulness of our partners, who continue to do extraordinary work to [...]

By |2022-06-21T14:36:28+00:00December 16th, 2021|Asian Species, Biocultural Diversity, Conservation Optimism, Freshwater, Indigenous Peoples, Ocean, Rivers, Southeast Asia, Youth|Comments Off on Four conservation stories from 2021 to make you smile

In search of secret wildlife Part II: The saola

Continuing our ‘In search of secret wildlife’ series, following our blogpost on lost fishes, Nina Seale tells the story of a search to find one of Earth’s rarest large mammals, and how conservation can take action to bring individual species back from the brink of extinction. In our previous blogpost, [...]

By |2021-10-13T11:25:37+00:00July 8th, 2021|Asian Species, Captive Breeding, Conservation Optimism, In search of secret wildlife, Southeast Asia|Comments Off on In search of secret wildlife Part II: The saola

The state of freshwater: reasons for hope

The state of biodiversity has been in the news again these past few weeks, with high-profile reports like the Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 (by the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity) and Living Planet Report 2020 (by the Zoological Society of London and World Wildlife Fund) generating depressing headlines. Among Earth’s fragile natural systems, [...]

By |2020-10-19T08:56:14+00:00October 14th, 2020|Conservation Optimism, Freshwater, Hydropower, Rivers|Comments Off on The state of freshwater: reasons for hope

The home of a frog orchestra

An Interview with Dr Caleb Ofori-Boateng, Founder of Herp Conservation Ghana Dr Caleb Ofori-Boateng was the first formally trained herpetologist in Ghana, and has become a global champion for Ghana’s biodiversity, particularly its unique and threatened amphibians. He is the founder of Herp Conservation Ghana, the latest partner in our Amphibian Programme, and has [...]

By |2020-10-02T08:45:37+00:00October 2nd, 2020|Amphibians, Conservation, Conservation Optimism, Forests, Interviews, People and Wildlife|Comments Off on The home of a frog orchestra

Lockdown lifeline for amorous endangered species

As cities on the island of Negros went into lockdown, cars came off the roads, people stayed in their homes, and the endangered species living in the Kabankalan and Negros Forest Park breeding centres started to breed. In the newly calm and quiet surroundings, even the most challenging species have had breeding success, which [...]

By |2020-07-22T15:07:12+00:00July 22nd, 2020|Asian Species, Captive Breeding, Conservation Optimism|Comments Off on Lockdown lifeline for amorous endangered species