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Aldabra Banded Snail (Rhachistia aldabrae)

Extinct snail re-discovered in Seychelles

A field expedition on Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles, has resulted in the re-discovery of the Aldabra Banded Snail (Rhachistia aldabrae), which was declared extinct in 2007. This snail was locally abundant in the 1970s but its numbers fell rapidly, likely due to the increasing frequency of dry years on Aldabra as a result of climate change. The last time a living individual of the species was recorded was in 1997. …  

05 Sep 2014 | News story

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West Africa’s Crocodile Conservationists in Training

Digbé, Zoh, Monet, and Irie awoke one February morning not realizing their professional lives were about to change forever. They were the crocodile keepers at the Abidjan National Zoo (ZNA) but from that day they were transformed into crocodile conservationists thanks to SOS grantee Dr. Matt Shirley, team leader with Project Mecistops.   …  

03 Sep 2014 | News story

Sub-adult male White-faced Saki (Pithecia pithecia)

Study describes five new species of Amazonian Saki Monkey

A major taxonomic revision of the saki monkeys (genus Pithecia) has revealed the existence of five new saki species. …  

01 Sep 2014 | News story

Tugur River, Khabarovsk, Russia

New nature reserve provides sanctuary for threatened Siberian Taimen

The Wild Salmon Center (WSC), Khabarovsk Wildlife Foundation (KWF), and other partners have succeeded in winning approval for the creation of the Tugursky Nature Reserve, which will protect nearly 80,000 acres of critical habitat within the Tugur Watershed in the Russian Far East’s Khabarovsk Region. A regional decree was signed by the Governor of Khabarovsk to establish the Reserve. …  

14 Aug 2014 | News story

Tarzan’s Chameleon (Calumma tarzan)

Madagascar's reptiles: Highly threatened but not yet over the edge

Reptiles are among Madagascar's most bewildering creatures but nearly 40% of them are facing an elevated risk of extinction according to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.  A study published today in the journal PLOS ONE says that successful management of Madagascar’s protected areas is crucial to the survival of many of these species. …  

12 Aug 2014 | News story

Hon. Butulso David Tosul, Vanuatu’s Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity, speaking at the coastal fisheries meeting

Pacific countries look to next steps following call for action on coastal fisheries and bêche-de-mer

The countries that participated in last week’s inaugural Pacific Bêche-de-mer and the Future of Coastal Fisheries Meeting have turned their focus to the next steps they will take to address the threats posed to food security, livelihoods and biodiversity. …  

12 Aug 2014 | Article

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

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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

Pacific Islander diving for bêche-de-mer

Challenges facing management of coastal fisheries and bêche-de-mer in the Pacific

The Pacific Islands region is reaching a critical point in the management of its coastal fisheries (including bêche-de-mer), as unsustainable fishing practices risk the region’s future sustenance, livelihoods and safety. Fisheries ministers from across the Pacific Islands region will discuss how to address these challenges at a three-day meeting this week in Nadi, Fiji. …  

05 Aug 2014 | Article

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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

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