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SOS Save Our Species, SOS Lemurs,

SOS – Save Our Species announces first nine of eleven projects under special initiative 'SOS Lemurs'

Today is World Lemur Day, when we celebrate both the uniqueness and diversity of Madagascar’s lemurs - the world’s most threatened group of mammals. Today, however, with the announcement of the first nine of eleven new lemur conservation projects by SOS - Save Our Species, the future is looking that little bit brighter for these charismatic primates and the communities who depend on their survival.   …  

30 Oct 2015 | News story

Bearded Vulture, Near Threatened

Conservationists warn Africa’s vultures are sliding towards extinction

Gland, Switzerland 29 October 2015 (IUCN) – Six of Africa’s 11 vulture species – the continent’s largest and most recognisable birds of prey – are now at a higher risk of extinction, according to the latest assessment of birds for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, carried out by BirdLife International – an IUCN Red List partner. …  

29 Oct 2015 | International news release

Life's logo

LIFE project funds new assessments for IUCN's European Red List

A new project, partly funded by the European Commission’s LIFE financial instrument will allow for the assessment of approximately 4,000 additional species and their subsequent addition to the European Red List. Invertebrate species and plants will be the beneficiaries of these assessments, which will bring the total number of species assessed on the continent from 9,375 species to more than 15,000 by 2018, when the newly-financed assessments are set to be completed. …  

16 Oct 2015 | News story

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Tuning into Sawfish Conservation West African Style

Most people love a good story, reasons Armelle Jung, the AfricaSaw Project Coordinator with Des Requins et Des Hommes (DRDH), working in Western Africa to save sawfishes from entanglement in fishing lines. …  

15 Oct 2015 | News story

Pteropus niger

IUCN SSC position statement on the culling of the Mauritius Fruit Bat

The Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has been informed that the Government of Mauritius has decided to implement a cull of the Mauritius Fruit Bat Pteropus niger due to the alleged damage it causes to commercial fruit crops. …  

15 Oct 2015 | News story

Closing session of Eye on Earth Summit held from 6 - 8 Oct in Abu Dhabi

Eye on Earth Summit calls for practical actions to support informed decision-making and the 2030 sustainable development agenda

Abu Dhabi, 13 October 2015 - The second Eye on Earth Summit, held last week, has concluded with a commitment by delegates to implement a number of mechanisms, recommendations and practical actions around the supply, demand and enabling conditions of data considered essential to support informed decision-making and the 2030 sustainable development agenda. …  

13 Oct 2015 | News story

FFI, 2013A-057, Cape Verde, Mobula thurstoni, SOS Save OUr Species

Shark conservation project: first identification of juvenile Bentfin Devil Ray in Cape Verde

So much remains to be understood about the oceans and the life they harbour. The recent discovery of a juvenile Bentfin Devil Ray (Mobula thurstoni) in waters near Cape Verde by members of an SOS grant-funded team working for IUCN Member Fauna and Flora International (FFI) is a tantalizing reminder of that.   …  

12 Oct 2015 | News story

2013A-062, World Parrot Trust, SOS Save Our Species, Timneh Parrot

Major trafficker of African parrots arrested and 89 threatened Timneh parrots seized

On the 18th September, after months of painstaking investigations, a major trafficker of African wild parrots and other birds was arrested in Dakar, Senegal. …  

08 Oct 2015 | News story

Eriosyce chilensis

Illegal trade contributes to placing cacti among world’s most threatened species – IUCN Red List

Gland, Switzerland, 5 October 2015 (IUCN) – Thirty-one percent of cactus species are threatened with extinction, according to the first comprehensive, global assessment of the species group by IUCN and partners, published today in the journal Nature Plants. This places cacti among the most threatened taxonomic groups assessed on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ - more threatened than mammals and birds.
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05 Oct 2015 | International news release

SOS - Save our Species; 2013A-073; WCS; Preuss's Red Colobus; first sighting

Presence of Preuss’s Red Colobus confirmed in Cross River National Park’s Oban Division

“Persistence in anti-poaching patrolling pays off” according to Inaoyom Imong, Director of the Cross River Landscape for IUCN Member and SOS Grantee, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). In 1 year, patrols through the Oban Division of the Cross River National Park (CRNP) Nigeria, have cleared almost 1,000 snares and hundreds of empty shotgun cartridges, discovered 45 hunting camps and arrested half a dozen poachers. But perhaps the cherry on the cake has been the visual confirmation of Critically Endangered Preuss’s Red Colobus (Procolobus preussi) living in the Oban.   …  

24 Sep 2015 | News story

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