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December 2012


Wildlife Conservation Day highlights action against wildlife crime

In response to growing concern about illegal trade in wildlife, the US Department of State has declared 4 December as Wildlife Conservation Day and is calling for individuals across the world to support threatened species by signing up to a Wildlife Pledge. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) welcomes this initiative given the recent escalation of poaching for a number of species that is compromising decades-long efforts towards the conservation and sustainable use of wild species. Read the article here.

Park rangers with a rhino that has been poached for its horn

Kihansi Spray Toad returns to the wild

Classified as Extinct in the Wild on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, the Kihansi Spray Toad (Nectophrynoides asperginis) is the focus of conservation efforts involving the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) Amphibian Specialist Group and the IUCN SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group. Together with a collaboration of a number of partners across the world they are reintroducing the Kihansi Spray Toad back to its original habitat. Read the article here.

Kihansi Spray Toad (Nectophrynoides asperginis)

Crocodile control in Australia

After two fatal Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) attacks on people in Australia in the last few months, calls have been made to cull the wild population of crocodiles in the Northern Territory. In response, Professor Grahame Webb, Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Crocodile Specialist Group has written an opinion piece for "The Conversation" website in which he explains that while culling does have a place in the management of crocodiles it is not a simple solution for reducing crocodile attacks. Read the article here.

Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)

Guanaco conservation boosted by Rolex Award

Erika Cuéllar, co-coordinator of the Bolivian Committee for IUCN's Species Survival Commission (SSC) has received a Rolex Award for Enterprise. Her project will support the conservation of guanacos in the Gran Chaco region in South America by training local people with the skills needed to manage this region sustainably. Read the full article here.

For the last decade, Erika Cuéllar has been studying the only confirmed population of guanacos in Bolivia.

IUCN SSC Anteater, Sloth and Armadillo Specialist Group

In the latest newsletter from the Anteater, Sloth and Armadillo Specialist Group you will find five articles and seven short communications on a wide range of topics related to Xenarthra conservation. Among many other relevant topics, this issue includes a very interesting review of the distribution and conservation status of xenarthrans in French Guiana, suggestions for the next national Red List assessment of xenarthrans in Paraguay, and an analysis of the existing literature on Myrmecophaga tridactyla. Read the newsletter here.


IUCN SSC Boa & Python Specialist Group

The latest edition of the IUCN SSC Boa and Pythons Specialist Group newsletter, Serpens, includes a round up of: boa and python news; new scientific papers; and upcoming events. There are also features on the reintroduction of Round Island boas to their original habitats; the Yellow Anaconda management porgramme in Argentina; and additional coverage of the recent report, “The Trade in Southeast Asian Python Skins”. If you would like the latest newsletter please email Guillermo A. Puccio at bpsg@fibertel.com.ar for an electronic copy.

IUCN SSC Boa & Python Specialist Groups

IUCN SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group

CBSG’s recent work is featured in their December eUpdate, including articles about Spix’s macaw/grey-breasted parakeet population viability analysis (PVA) in Brazil and ex situ management initiatives in Asia for giant panda, South China tiger and Pere David’s deer. The eUpdate is available in EnglishFrench and Spanish.

IUCN SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group

IUCN workshop on Freshwater Key Biodiversity Areas in Bosnia

The Freshwater Biodiversity Unit of IUCN Global Species Programme organised a workshop bringing together a range of stakeholders to validate Freshwater Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) in the southern European part (Balkan region) of the Mediterranean Biodiversity Hotspot. Read the story here.

Experts participatingn at the KBA workshop in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Pangolin takes top spot

Early in 2012, The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ Facebook page was launched. Featuring a new Amazing Species every week and sharing the latest IUCN Red List news, the page is a new way for people to engage with The IUCN Red List. As the close of the year we compiled a list of the five most popular posts. Find out what they are here!

Top five posts of 2012 on The IUCN Red List Facebook page

Applications now open for 2014 Rolex Awards

Applications have opened for the 2014 Rolex Awards, which will be exclusively devoted to young candidates aged between 18 and 30 years old. Applicants are asked to submit projects that tackle the world’s most pressing issues in five areas: science and health, applied technology, exploration and discovery, the environment, and cultural heritage. Projects are judged on their feasibility, originality, potential for sustained impact and, above all, on the candidates’ spirit of enterprise. Find out more about the Awards and how to apply here.

Mamanuca Islands, Fiji

Talented individuals wanted for IUCN World Parks Congress 2014

An opportunity has arisen for two talented individuals to make their mark on the future of protected areas globally by helping IUCN and host country Australia prepare for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 to be held in Sydney in two years time. Emerging and mid-career professionals who want to be at the heart of the action are welcome to apply for two vacancies in the IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme. One position, Executive Officer – World Parks Congress, will help prepare the programmatic content, and all of the details involved in the thematic content and deliverables for Sydney 2014, and the other, Fundraising Officer - World Parks Congress, deals with fund-raising and developing partnerships with agencies that will help deliver the World Parks Congress.  Closing date for applications is 21 January 2013.

Temperate eucalypt forest in the Blue Mountains, Australia

Vortex Modeling Courses

An advanced course in Vortex modeling is planned for 19-22 March 2013 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, VA. This course is designed for those with previous Vortex experience, and will explore in more detail the program options for building complex population models, such as using functions and state variables. Space is available in this course. Please contact Kathy Traylor-Holzer (kathy@cbsg.org) if you are interested in this course, being added to the waiting list, or future training opportunities.

Shoal of fish of the carangidae family off Rangiroa atoll

Off the shelf

 The latest information on IUCN publications including these titles:
- Initiating effective transboundary conservation: a practitioner's guideline based on the experience from the Dinaric Arc.
- An ecosystem approach to management of seamounts in the southern Indian Ocean: volume 1, 2 and 3.
See the Off the Shelf newsletter for more information.


Zooquaria 80

The latest issue of Zooquaria, the quarterly magazine of EAZA, is now available. Highlights in this issue include a review of Innsbruck 2012 in pictures, an interview with Simon Stuart, Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC), and an exciting conservation project in the Netherlands. All this plus a look at the recycled fruit bat roost at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, and the latest news, births and hatchings from the European zoo world. Read the magazine here.

Zooquaria 80


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