Species

FFI tiger patol training - identifying tiger prints

A window of conservation opportunity opens in Myanmar

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) - began working in the forested southern Tanintharyi Region in 2014 as it slowly began to open up to international organisations after over 50 years of civil conflict. Although there was little recorded evidence of the species existing in the region, within just the first year of forest research we were amazed to discover signs of tigers and a healthy prey base in several survey locations across a wide area of the forest. …  

17 Mar 2016 | News story

Bhutan tiger on camera trap

In Bhutan, happiness is policy and tiger numbers are on the rise

The Kingdom of Bhutan, a Himalayan country about the size of Switzerland, could be taken as an example by many countries in the world. 70% of its land is still covered in forests. It is estimated that Bhutan forests sequestrate 3 times more carbon dioxide than the country emits. Close to 100% of its electricity is produced by hydropower. The Kingdom is also - and this is what interests us most - home to 103 tigers and counting. The latest survey carried out in 2014-2015 confirms that the tiger population has increased by more than a third from the previous population estimate. The survey was conducted by the Bhutanese Department of Forests and Park Services, now ITHCP grantee. …  

17 Mar 2016 | News story

Oceanic Manta Ray, Surface feeding

Fighting illegal trade in manta rays in the ‘backdoor of the Philippines'

Conserving mantas and ‘flying rays’ on the conflict-ridden islands of Tawi Tawi is best done with the help of the locals, writes Isabel Ender of the Manta Trust, an SOS grantee. …  

16 Mar 2016 | News story

White winged duck

Ten years of Birds’ Nest Protection in Cambodia

SOS is delighted to share project activities, challenges and successes to date of the Birds’ Nest protection programme. Project team leader, Simon Mahood, Technical Advisor with the IUCN member Wildlife Conservation Society’s Cambodia Programme (WCS), reflects on ten years of conservation work with local communities to protect some of Cambodia’s most threatened bird species. …  

14 Mar 2016 | News story

13A-050-011, SOS Save Our Species, WCS, Okapi Faunal reserve

Getting SMART about tackling wildlife crime on the frontline.

With illegal wildlife trade being a core issue of the upcoming IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016, the role and value of SMART conservation software is pertinent. Marking World Wildlife Day March 3 2016, we travel to the Okapi Faunal Reserve in Democratic Republic of Congo to learn more about the potential of cutting edge technology in supporting the fight against wildlife crime.   …  

05 Mar 2016 | News story

15B-011-009, Dried seahorses,  Photo Project Seahorse_credit Project Seahorse, SOS Save OUr species

The seahorse opens the path to sustainable trade in aquatic species

Having laws to conserve nature and knowing how to use them are two different things – if done well, seahorse conservation in the Philippines could pave the way for other species, writes Dr. Amanda Vincent on World Wildlife Day.   …  

03 Mar 2016 | News story

2013A-071, PROTOS, SOS Save Our Species, Encephalartos whitelockii, 13A-071-027

Important progress on cycad conservation in Mpanga Falls, Uganda

The project team working to save the Critically Endangered endemic cycad (Encephalartos whitelockii) has reported on two more important developments in their work in the Mpanga Falls region of Western Uganda.   …  

29 Feb 2016 | News story

Seizure of illegal pelts, ©Catherine J. Hibbard, USFWS

IUCN welcomes the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) welcomes the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking, which was announced today –  just a few days ahead of World Wildlife Day. Illegal trade in animals and plants has surged in recent years, and with the EU playing a pivotal role as a major market and transit point for trade in wildlife, international action is urgently needed. …  

26 Feb 2016 | News story

Hirola in the wild

World's Rarest Antelope Flourishes Under Community Conservation

Community conservation efforts in northern Kenya are bringing back the world’s most threatened antelope from the edge of extinction. SOS Grantee Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) reports that numbers of Critically Endangered Hirola (Beatragus hunteri) in the Ishaqbini Hirola Sanctuary, Kenya have doubled in just 3 and-a-half years. …  

24 Feb 2016 | News story

Giri Putri cave crabs

I caught crabs in Bali - but I don’t want to lose them

Marking the launch of the first SOS invertebrate conservation project, grantee Dr Tony Whitten, Fauna and Flora International (FFI), an IUCN Member, explains how he came to discover a new species just as it teetered on the edge of extinction.  …  

22 Feb 2016 | 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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