Closing session of Eye on Earth Summit held from 6 - 8 Oct in Abu Dhabi

Eye on Earth Summit calls for practical actions to support informed decision-making and the 2030 sustainable development agenda

Abu Dhabi, 13 October 2015 - The second Eye on Earth Summit, held last week, has concluded with a commitment by delegates to implement a number of mechanisms, recommendations and practical actions around the supply, demand and enabling conditions of data considered essential to support informed decision-making and the 2030 sustainable development agenda. …  

13 Oct 2015 | News story

FFI, 2013A-057, Cape Verde, Mobula thurstoni, SOS Save OUr Species

Shark conservation project first: identification of juvenile Bentfin Devil Ray in Cape Verde

So much remains to be understood about the oceans and the life they harbour. The recent discovery of a juvenile Bentfin Devil Ray (Mobula thurstoni) in waters near Cape Verde by members of an SOS grant-funded team working for IUCN Member Fauna and Flora International (FFI) is a tantalizing reminder of that.   …  

12 Oct 2015 | News story

2013A-062, World Parrot Trust, SOS Save Our Species, Timneh Parrot

Major trafficker of African parrots arrested and 89 threatened Timneh parrots seized

On the 18th September, after months of painstaking investigations, a major trafficker of African wild parrots and other birds was arrested in Dakar, Senegal. …  

08 Oct 2015 | News story

Sandbanks in the Wadden Sea Netherlands

Eye on Earth Set to Overcome Sustainable Development Data Challenges at a Critical Time For Decision Makers

Abu Dhabi, 6 October 2015 - The second Eye on Earth Summit opened in Abu Dhabi today, with leaders of the Summit Alliance partner organisations highlighting the critical role the movement is playing in promoting dialogue and driving international action to help overcome the challenges associated with data to support informed decision-making for sustainable development. …  

06 Oct 2015 | News story

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

Updated African Elephant Database reveals declining elephant populations

"Definite" plus "Probable" African Elephant numbers have decreased from approximately 550,000 to 470,000 between 2006 and 2013, according to the IUCN SSC African Elephant Specialist Group’s (AfESG) latest update of the African Elephant Database (AED). The AED is the repository of African Elephant survey data from range state governments, NGOs, and other sources of expertise. …  

28 Sep 2015 | News story

SOS - Save our Species; 2013A-073; WCS; Preuss's Red Colobus; first sighting

Presence of Preuss’s Red Colobus confirmed in Cross River National Park’s Oban Division

“Persistence in anti-poaching patrolling pays off” according to Inaoyom Imong, Director of the Cross River Landscape for IUCN Member and SOS Grantee, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). In 1 year, patrols through the Oban Division of the Cross River National Park (CRNP) Nigeria, have cleared almost 1,000 snares and hundreds of empty shotgun cartridges, discovered 45 hunting camps and arrested half a dozen poachers. But perhaps the cherry on the cake has been the visual confirmation of Critically Endangered Preuss’s Red Colobus (Procolobus preussi) living in the Oban.   …  

24 Sep 2015 | News story

HE Mohammed Al Bowardi receiving the award from Dr Simon Stuart

HE Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi receives Sir Peter Scott Conservation Award

HE Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, Managing Director of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), was awarded the 2015 Sir Peter Scott Award for Conservation Merit at the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Leaders’ Meeting in Abu Dhabi yesterday.  

16 Sep 2015 | News story

The 2015 SSC Leaders' Meeting brings together over 300 conservation experts

Over 300 conservation experts meet to tackle extinction crisis

The third IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Leaders’ Meeting kicked off today in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This meeting brings together over 300 conservationists with diverse expertise to address how global conservation efforts can be improved to halt the alarming rate of biodiversity loss. …  

15 Sep 2015 | News story

13A-066-011, RSCF, SOS - Save Our Species, Mecistops_cataphractus, Female Breeder, AbidjanNationalZoo, MattShirley

More Slender-snouted Crocodiles thanks to improved captive-breeding in Abidjan National Zoo

“Now, at the beginning of our third breeding season here at the Abidjan National Zoo we’re incubating 110 eggs – that’s almost 50% more than 2014!” says Dr. Matt Shirley. Project coordinator with SOS Grantee Rare Species Conservatory Foundation (RSCF), Matt explains the higher figures are most certainly a result of better daily care resulting in reduced stress, and an improved food supply for these Critically Endangered crocodiles. The role of training and the dedication of a team of Zoo personnel and volunteers cannot be underestimated in the project’s progress so far.   …  

11 Sep 2015 | 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.
Species programme