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A farewell and tribute to outgoing Species Survival Commission Chair, David Brackett

Bangkok, Thailand (17.11.2004) IUCN-The World Conservation Union. David Brackett will leave Bangkok with lighter shoulders. For the past eight years he has headed IUCN’s largest volunteer network, the Species Survival Commission (SSC) – a task aptly and affectionately described by some as “herding cats”. …  

17 Nov 2004 | News story

Announcing the first recipients of the Sir Peter Scott Fund for Conservation Action Grants

Gland, Switzerland (11.11.2004) IUCN-The World Conservation Union. The ebony forests of Mauritius, the Anegada iguana and the Endangered Przewalski’s gazelle are all set to benefit from the first round of grants issued under the Sir Peter Scott Fund for Conservation Action, created by the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC). …  

11 Nov 2004 | News story

Dragonfly

Guardians of the Watershed: dragonflies and damselflies as reliable indicators of the quality of wetland habitats

Gland, Switzerland (19.10.2004) IUCN-The World Conservation Union. Earlier this year, the Species Survival Commission’s Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) Specialist Group, published Guardians of the Watershed. Global status of Dragonflies: Critical Species, Threats and Conservation in the International Journal of Odonatology. It will undoubtedly be of use to all nature conservationists, including odonatologists looking for global, but concentrated, information on the threats to dragonfly survival. …  

19 Oct 2004 | News story

The new Canid Action Plan - Conserving wild canids from the tiny fennec fox to the mighty grey wolf

Gland, Switzerland (11.10.2004) IUCN-The World Conservation Union. Canids, that is foxes, wolves, jackals and dogs, are found throughout most of the world, and occur on every continent except Antarctica. As carnivores, they often conflict with human interests because certain species will prey on domestic livestock. The more prolific and adaptable species, such as the red fox and coyote, have fared well despite this, but more specialist species, like the Ethiopian wolf have suffered and nine of the 36 recognized canid species are threatened with extinction. With human populations continuing to grow, the pressure on many species will undoubtedly increase. …  

11 Oct 2004 | News story

European Bison: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan

Saving Europe's megafauna - European Bison Action Plan released by Bison Specialist Group

Gland, Switzerland (08.10.2004) IUCN-The World Conservation Union. The European Bison or wisent, is one of Europe’s largest and most impressive mammals, symbolic of earlier times, when Europe’s then primeval forests supported a variety of large herbivores, such as the aurochs (wild ox) and tarpan (wild horse). Unfortunately, these two species became extinct in historical times and the European Bison almost suffered the same fate. Formerly widespread throughout Europe until the 5th century, from the Pyrenees through to the Caucasus, it became extinct in the wild by the beginning of the 20th century, as a result of hunting and habitat loss. …  

08 Oct 2004 | News story

Black rhino (Diceros bicornis)

The Red Data Book of the Mammals of South Africa – An important milestone in South African mammal conservation

Gland, Switzerland, 4 July 2004 (IUCN)-The World Conservation Union. The Red Data Book of the Mammals of South Africa: A Conservation Assessment is the first ever conservation assessment of every terrestrial and marine mammal in South Africa, using the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species criteria at regional level. A previous assessment published in 1986 covered only a subset of species. …  

04 Jul 2004 | News story

Great Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna mokarran)

More sharks on the Red List – Expert workshop releases findings on the status of North and Central American shark and ray populations

Gland, Switzerland, 25 June 2004 (IUCN - The World Conservation Union). The number of species of sharks and rays on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is set to grow. This was the finding of a week-long expert workshop at Mote Marine Laboratory, Florida, to examine the conservation status of the species found in North and Central American waters. …  

25 Jun 2004 | News story

Waders

Declining wader populations – new review gives increasing cause for concern

Gland, Switzerland, 18 June 2004 (IUCN)-The World Conservation Union. The International Wader Study Group, which also acts as the IUCN/SSC Wader Specialist Group, has just published a major review of the status of the migratory wader (shorebird) species in Africa and western Eurasia. …  

18 Jun 2004 | News story

Swallowtail Butterflies: An Action Plan for their Conservation

Expanding the Ark - advancing invertebrate conservation

Gland, Switzerland, 24 May 2004 (IUCN)-The World Conservation Union. 'Expanding the Ark' neatly summarises the aims of the invertebrate specialists who gathered at the American Museum of Natural History in New York for a symposium recently. They plan to raise awareness of invertebrate conservation requirements so that these are included in conservation planning, management and policy decisions. Currently, invertebrate species are often overlooked in conservation strategies, despite representing the vast majority of our planet's biodiversity: a staggering 95% of all known animal species. …  

24 May 2004 | News story

IUCN/SSC and TRAFFIC launch project to review CITES proposals

Gland, Switzerland, 12 May 2004 (IUCN) - This week marks the start of an intensive three months for IUCN's Wildlife Trade Programme and TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, as a major project begins to provide technical reviews of proposals to change the listing of plant and animal species on the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) Appendices. …  

12 May 2004 | 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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