First new monkey species to be discovered in Africa for over 20 years

IUCN, Gland, Switzerland, 20 May 2005. A new species of monkey, the highland mangabey (Lophocebus kipunji), has been discovered in the forested highlands of southern Tanzania. This is the first new species of monkey to be identified in Africa for over 20 years. …  

20 May 2005 | News story

Safeguarding Eastern Africa’s freshwater biodiversity by removing the information bottleneck

IUCN - The World Conservation Union, Gland, Switzerland (22.04.2005) - The inland waters of Eastern Africa are home to a wide variety of plants and animals such as fish, crabs, and snails that are critical for food and livelihoods. But decision makers rarely consider species conservation when planning water development projects and serious damage is being caused to these fragile ecosystems. …  

22 Apr 2005 | News story

Jane Smart

A smart move for SSC

IUCN, Gland, Switzerland - 11 April 2005. Dr Jane Smart has joined IUCN as the new Head of the Species Programme. After a degree in botany, Jane began her professional life as a plant ecologist, investigating the restoration and management of degraded wetland systems. …  

11 Apr 2005 | News story

Delacour's Langur

New Report on 25 Most Endangered Primates Shows Mankind’s Closest Living Relatives Under Threat Around the World

7 April 2005, Antananarivo, Madagascar - Mankind’s closest living relatives - the world’s apes, monkeys, lemurs and other primates - face increasing peril from humans and some could soon disappear forever, according to a report released today by the Primate Specialist Group of IUCN - The World Conservation Union’s Species Survival Commission (SSC) and the International Primatological Society (IPS), in collaboration with Conservation International (CI). …  

07 Apr 2005 | News story

Bearing up well in Eastern Europe

IUCN - The World Conservation Union, Gland, Switzerland, 1 April 2005. There is some excellent news for European brown bear conservation in Eastern Europe, including European Russia, in the most recent edition of International Bear News the quarterly newsletter of the SSC Bear Specialist Group and the International Association for Bear Research. …  

01 Apr 2005 | News story


Future of Africa's Wetland Icons Hangs in the Balance

IUCN - The World Conservation Union, Gland, Switzerland, 28 February 2005. The results of the recently completed population and status assessment of the common and pygmy hippopotamus, undertaken in 2004 by the Hippo Subgroup of the SSC’s Pigs, Peccaries and Hippos Specialist Group, has highlighted some worrying trends in both species. …  

28 Feb 2005 | News story

IUCN/SSC Shark Specialist Group Co-Chair awarded one of the world’s most prestigious conservation prizes

IUCN, Gland, Switzerland, 10 February 2005. Sarah Fowler , Co-Chair of the Shark Specialist Group of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission has been awarded one of the world’s most prestigious conservation prizes, a US$150,000 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. …  

10 Feb 2005 | News story

Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)

First glimmers of hope for Scotland's capercaillies

IUCN, Gland, Switzerland, 4 February 2005. After more than 20 years of alarming decline in the closing decades of the 20th century, the results of the third national winter survey of capercaillie numbers in Scotland reveals that numbers are now stable and may have even increased. The results of the survey, published in the most recent edition of Grouse News #28, the newsletter of SSC’s Grouse Specialist Group, is welcome news for one of Britain’s most impressive but threatened birds. Significant conservation action (such as habitat management and fence removal) and more favourable weather conditions during the most recent breeding seasons are thought to explain this positive result. …  

04 Feb 2005 | News story

Two new species of lemur discovered - one named after former Chair of the SSC's Conservation Breeding Specialist Group

IUCN, Gland, Switzerland, 14 January 2005 - Officials at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo (USA) announced the coming publication in the December 2005 issue (volume 26, no. 6) of the International Journal of Primatology the discovery of two new species of Sportive Lemur. The species are described by Dr. Edward Louis, head of the Genetics Department of the Grewcock Center for Conservation and Research Center at the zoo.

14 Jan 2005 | News story

Sad loss to SSC

IUCN, Gland, Switzerland (14 January 2005) – SSC is sad to announce that one of its most active and dedicated members, Claus Reuther, has passed away. Claus was Chair of the SSC Otter Specialist Group and dedicated his life to the protection of otters and their habitats. …  

14 Jan 2005 | 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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