A call to save Africa’s vulture populations from extinction

A Pan-African Vulture Summit has urged governments to conserve and reduce threats to vultures across the continent. The Summit resolved to respectfully urge the governments of countries in Africa, and particularly the national custodians of wildlife in these countries to, among other things, ensure appropriate levels of protection and management for vultures and their breeding sites. Governments have also been called upon to legislate and enforce stringent measures to prosecute and impose harsh penalties on perpetrators of poisoning and those illegally trading in vultures and/or their body parts. …  

23 Apr 2012 | News story
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Robert Lacy with Humboldt Penguins (Spheniscus humboldti)

Innovation for conservation success

Continuing our Conservation Heroes blog series is Robert Lacy who recently received the George Rabb Award for Conservation Innovation. …  

23 Apr 2012 | News story

Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka)

Sockeye Salmon Populations at Risk

The extinction risk to populations of Sockeye or Red Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) is the focus of a PLoS ONE paper that was published today. The species’ global status is Least Concern on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, but there is growing concern about the status of individual wild populations, particularly in the southern portion of the species’ range in North America. Salmon are a cultural and biological keystone of life throughout the Pacific Rim and play a unique role in linking freshwater and marine ecosystems. …  

13 Apr 2012 | News story

Dr Randall Reeves, one of the recipients of a SSC award

Conservation Heroes Recognized by IUCN Species Survival Commission

Two groups and 24 individuals were recognized for their outstanding contribution to conservation at the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Chairs Meeting held in Abu Dhabi this February. …  

12 Apr 2012 | News story

Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica)

IUCN SSC takes on scaly anteaters

Is it a cat? Is it a bear? Or, is it a crazy looking reptile? No, in fact, it’s a pangolin! …  

04 Apr 2012 | News story

Golden Mantella Frog, SOS

Communities rewarded as conservation ambassadors

Newly created community-based organizations were rewarded for their efforts to protect the Critically Endangered Golden Mantella (Mantella aurantiaca) during a festival attended by government representatives and members of the local population. The event was held in the town of Moramanga in the Moramanga District in Madagascar. …  

04 Apr 2012 | News story

Tree frog


 FrogLog 101 is now online. Focusing on Europe, North Africa, and West Asia, a diverse region covered by two ASG regional groups this edition features articles from Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Iran, Italy, and Switzerland to name but a few. Read a copy here 

04 Apr 2012 | News story

One of the hundreds of elephants poached this year in northern Cameroon

Cameroon elephant poaching crisis spreads

Just weeks after a military offensive against elephant poachers in Bouba N’Djida National Park in the north of Cameroon, 12 suspected poachers have been arrested and 14 elephant tusks confiscated close to protected areas in the southeast of the country.  Read full story

02 Apr 2012 | News story

Forum web-spaces for the 2012 IUCN Congress

Congress Forum just a few clicks away

Enhance your experience of the Forum and visit the dedicated web-spaces, which have been specifically designed to give easy access to important information surrounding the event. …   | French | Spanish

01 Apr 2012 | News story

SOS, Mangrove Finch

Save Our Species funds Mangrove Finch project on Galapagos Islands

Swen Lorenz, Chief Executive of the Charles Darwin Foundation, an IUCN member organization, visited IUCN HQs in order to sign a grant agreement with SOS - Save Our Species to protect the Mangrove Finch (Camarhynchus heliobates) which is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The Mangrove Finch is the rarest of the 13 species of Darwin Finches with an estimated remaining population of 100 individuals found only in two locations on the Galapagos Islands. …  

29 Mar 2012 | 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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