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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

Dehorned black rhinos, South Africa

IUCN reports deepening rhino poaching crisis in Africa

The number of African rhinos killed by poachers has increased for the sixth year in a row with at least 1,338 rhinos killed by poachers across Africa in 2015, according to new data compiled by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission’s African Rhino Specialist Group (AfRSG).   

09 Mar 2016 | International news release

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

GMPP 2016 photo competition

IUCN GMPP Oceans Photographer of the Year 2016

Open for entries until the 25th of May 2016 …  

03 Mar 2016 | Article

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

leatherback turtle IPBES

Boost for project to assess global biodiversity

Assessing the state of biodiversity and the benefits nature provides to people is one of the functions of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which meets in Malaysia this week.  
 

26 Feb 2016 | Article

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


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