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Is the Vaquita porpoise extinct?

Cetacean experts of IUCN’s Species Survivial Commission are meeting this week to review the status of the world’s whales, dolphins and porpoises. …  

24 Jan 2007 | News story

Asian rhinos

IUCN members call for action against rhino poaching in Nepal

Rhino poaching is the most pressing issue facing Nepal's wildlife today. With rhino populations shrunk by about a third since 2000, commission members of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) in Nepal submitted a petition to the Environment Conservation Committee of the Nepalese House of Representatives on 12 January 2007 to prompt immediate action in favour of Nepal’s rhinos.
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18 Jan 2007 | News story

A young Vietnamese Pond Turtle (Mauremys annamensis).

Vietnamese Pond Turtle Mauremys annamensis refound in wild by scientists after 65 years

Efforts to find the Vietnamese pond turtle, Mauremys annamensis, last officially recorded in the wild in 1941, yielded a major success last week when a young female turtle was successfully trapped by biologists in central Vietnam. Although specimens have occasionally been observed in wildlife trade, it had not been seen in the wild by scientists for 65 years. …  

20 Dec 2006 | News story

An explosion of marine life surrounds healthy coral reefs in the Philippine's Verde Island Passage.

Rich Marine Life in the Heart of Southeast Asia's Coral Triangle Protected

The Verde Island sea passage, between the Philippine island of Mindoro and Batangas province, has been identified as the “centre of the centre” of the world’s marine shorefish diversity in a study by Kent Carpenter, IUCN Global Marine Species Assessment co-ordinator, and Victor Springer of the Smithsonian Institute. …  

10 Nov 2006 | News story

Last siberian crane (Grus leucogeranus) in India

Landmark achievement in Whooping Crane conservation inspires efforts to save the Siberian Cranes

The first successful nesting of wild whooping cranes in the American Midwest since the 1890s marks an important milestone in the long running conservation programme to save the world’s rarest crane. …  

27 Oct 2006 | News story

A farmer drying Allanblackia seeds on the steps of his house

Beyond palm oil? Allanblackia oil supports local livelihoods and conservation in Ghana.

The oil obtained from the seeds of the Allanblackia tree has been used by local communities for some time however, the extracted seed-oil has never been used on a commercial scale. IUCN is collaborating with its members and partners on an initiative in Ghana which will feed into the best-practice guidelines for the wild picking of Allanblackia. …  

04 Oct 2006 | News story

Dendrobates pumilio of Costa Rica.

Amphibian Global Action Team needed to avert an extinction catastrophe

The formation of an Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA), to coordinate global conservation plans for amphibians in the face of a massive extinction catastrophe has been called for by a group of the world’s foremost amphibian experts, in the latest edition of the journal Science. …  

01 Sep 2006 | News story

Dr. Edward Moll holding a snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentine)

The Behler Award for Freshwater Turtle Conservation

Dr Edward O. Moll, a life-long turtle researcher and conservationist, is the first recipient of the Behler Award, a new and major annual award jointly presented by the IUCN Turtle Survival Alliance and IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, to honour leadership and excellence in the field of turtle and tortoise conservation. …  

31 Aug 2006 | News story

Rod East of the Antelope Specialist Group.

A tribute to Rod East - One of SSC's greatest antelope conservationists

Considered by many to have made the highest quality voluntary contribution to the work of the Species Survival Commission of anyone over the past 20 years, Rod East’s recent passing is a particularly poignant loss to the Commission and the wider conservation community. …  

25 Aug 2006 | News story

Less than 300 Przewalski's gazelles (Procapra przewalskii) have to compete with over 3 million livestock and the dangers of numerous fences.

Fencing Spells Disaster for the Last of China's Przewalski's Gazelles

China’s only endemic antelope, the Przewalski’s gazelle Procapra przewalskii, is in imminent peril as less than 300 animals remain... …  

24 Jul 2006 | 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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