Species

Vaquita, WWF, Mexico

Between a gill net and a hard place: more pressure on Vaquita

The world’s smallest cetacean, the Critically Endangered Vaquita (Phocoena sinus), is facing its most daunting challenge yet. Despite decades of conservation work to protect this porpoise in its limited habitat in the northern Gulf of California, Mexico, an unlikely but illegal trade in wildlife has arisen all to quickly. Chinese demand for the swim bladder of another threatened species- the totoaba fish (Totoaba macdonaldi) is now accelerating the slide toward extinction for this species of porpoise. …  

11 Aug 2014 | News story

11A-23-94, Michael Dvorak, CDF, Mangrove Finch

Know the enemy: lessons from the labs on Galapagos

It may be a little unfair to wage war on a fly. But for SOS grantee and IUCN Member, Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF), Philornis downsi, deserves it. This parasitic insect is in the unfortunate situation of being an invasive species – a relative newcomer to the Galapagos islands, and one whose own ecological niche is threatening the survival of endemic bird species. Particularly at risk are Darwin’s famed finches – especially the Critically Endangered mangrove finch (Camarhynchus heliobates).   …  

06 Aug 2014 | News story

2013B-06-027, FREELAND, Chaloaw Kotud Profile, SOS - Save OUr Species

True Grit: life on the trail of the rosewood poachers

Marking World Ranger Day 31 July 2014, SOS – Save Our Species wishes to bring you to the frontline of conservation. Talking with Chaloaw Kotud, Enforcement Ranger Patrol Team Leader at Thap Lan National Park, Thailand we highlight the work of the unsung heroes worldwide who are charged with protecting our wild heritage.   …  

30 Jul 2014 | News story

A field ranger keeps a close watch over a wild rhino to which he has been assigned in an African Game Park.

Rising murder toll of park rangers calls for tougher laws

With poachers responsible for more than half of ranger deaths over the past two years, IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the International Ranger Federation (IRF) call for a toughened stance against wildlife crime globally, marking World Ranger Day celebrated across the globe on 31 July. …   | French | Spanish

29 Jul 2014 | News story

11A-14-06, Kae Kawanishi MYCAT, SOS Save Our Species, MYCAT, Tigers

World Tiger Day - New hope despite the numbers?

It is a curious thing that there are more tigers in captivity than in the wild right now as we mark World Tiger Day. According to estimates as few as 3000 roam the wilds of the 13 tiger range countries of Asia. That’s a big area and a very low number. In fact we have lost 97% of all wild tigers in a little more than 100 years.   …  

29 Jul 2014 | News story

SOS Save Our Species, WCS, Cross river gorilla

Cross River Gorillas and Camera Traps: the value of video technology

Following the news in March 2014 about the launch of a new species action plan for the Critically Endangered Cross River Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli), SOS Grantee and IUCN Member, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) successfully captured a bounty of valuable camera trap video sequences from Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary (KGS), Cameroon.   …  

28 Jul 2014 | News story

12A-46-10, Way Kambas RPU Sujoko discovers large mammal snare YABI 024543,

The Sumatran Rhino: Another 200 years? It's your call!

Have you ever seen a Sumatran Rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis)? It is often said, we protect what we know and love, so SOS thought to share a short video of this unique, charismatic and Critically Endangered rhino species to show just what SOS is trying to do - protect threatened species, their habitats and the people who depend on them. And as International Ranger Day approaches (July 31), we also highlight the role of the Rhino Protection Units who work tirelessly to guard the last few Sumatran Rhino from poachers.   …  

25 Jul 2014 | News story

Somali Ostrich (Struthio molybdophanes)

One tenth of bird species flying under the conservation radar

More than 350 newly recognised bird species have been assessed by BirdLife International for the first time on behalf of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. The assessment shows that more than 25% of these newly recognised birds have been listed as threatened on The IUCN Red List - compared with 13% of all birds - making them urgent priorities for conservation action. …  

24 Jul 2014 | News story

IUCN Red List

IUCN Red List wins 2014 Prince Albert II of Monaco Prize for Biodiversity

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ is honoured this year, as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary, with the announcement that it will receive the 2014 Prince Albert II of Monaco Prize for Biodiversity. …   | Dutch

22 Jul 2014 | News story

13A-049-006, Chimbo, Young male chimpanzee, SOS Save Our Species,

Village Vigilance Committees and the Chimpanzees of Boé, Guinea Bissau

Reporting from Guinea-Bissau, Stichting Chimbo, an SOS Grantee and IUCN Member is resupplying its network of Village Vigilance Committees (CVVs) with uniforms, bicycles and skills to do their jobs. Deemed critical to helping protect the local population of Endangered West African Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes ssp. verus), the project aims to strengthen the 28 CVVs it has created since 2008 by improving their functioning and creating an enabling environment for them to perform well.   …  

17 Jul 2014 | News story

This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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