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Babirusas released from lethal snares

A patrol team discovered 35 lethal poachers` snares encircling a salt-lick where Babirusas gather. They could rescue two Babirusas that were trapped in the snares. The SOS-funded project aims to reduce destructive pressures on the Sulawesi Nantu Forest and prevent the extinction of the Babirusa and Anoas. The Sulawesi Babirusa (Babyrousa celebensis) is a rare, curly-tusked pig endemic to Sulawesi`s rainforests and listed Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. …  

27 Mar 2012 | News story
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Common Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)

Spring flowers in bloom

Spring is in the air - flowers are beginning to bloom, snow is melting, plants are turning green, and Easter is around the corner. While many people are concerned with what floral arrangement to put on the dinner table, very few are aware that many European wild flowers are threatened with extinction, according to the European Red List of Vascular Plants, a project carried out by IUCN, financed by the European Commission. …  

19 Mar 2012 | News story

Cambodia

World Water Forum: nature takes centre stage

Natural ‘infrastructure’ such as river basins, forests, lakes and wetlands, plays a key role in addressing today’s global water needs and must be an integral part of every country’s water management portfolio, says IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) at the World Water Forum starting in Marseille on Monday 12 March. …   | French | Spanish

10 Mar 2012 | News story

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France joins 'Save Our Species'

The quest to protect globally threatened species has taken a large leap forward today with the announcement of the French Global Environment Facility’s (FGEF) commitment to support SOS (Save Our Species) with a € 1 million grant. …  

06 Mar 2012 | News story

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

Sale of Elephant Meat Increases Threat to Elephants in Central Africa

Elephant meat in Central Africa has an earning potential that could exceed that of ivory according to a new report by the IUCN SSC African Elephant Specialist Group and the CITES Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) programme. To prevent a future increase in elephant poaching, consumer demand for elephant products must be reduced and law enforcement efforts should be focused on those who commission and fund the elephant hunting parties. …  

28 Feb 2012 | News story

Wildscreen's Creative Climate Change Challenge

Body pop for polar bears! IUCN Member launches 'Creative Climate Change Challenge' for young people

Wildlife charity Wildscreen, an IUCN Member, has launched a creative communications competition to raise awareness amongst young people about animals and plants affected by climate change. …  

22 Feb 2012 | News story

IUCN Patron of Nature, HRH Prince Carl Philip of Sweden

Turning the red carpet green

IUCN has the honour this week of welcoming its new Patron of Nature, HRH Prince Carl Philip of Sweden to the organisation’s headquarters, accompanied by IUCN Goodwill Ambassador Mattias Klum. …  

21 Feb 2012 | News story

Juvenile Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

Green Turtle nesting boom in Philippines

A turtle baby boom on the Baguan Island of Turtle Islands in the Philippines has produced a record 1.4 million eggs according to Conservation International (CI) Philippines citing figures from the Department of Environment and Resources (DENR). …  

18 Feb 2012 | News story

White-cheeked gibbons (Nomascus leucogenys)

Love you for life: Monogamous species celebrate Valentine’s Day

What do gibbons, swans, wolves, French Angelfish, and albatrosses have in common? This Valentine’s Day they will all be celebrating with their life-long partners—these species are some of the few creatures that mate for life. …   | French

11 Feb 2012 | News story

Global Re-Introduction Perspectives: 2011

New Re-introduction Case Studies Published

Global Re-introduction Perspectives: 2011, is the third book in a series of case study publications from the IUCN SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group (RSG). Covering 24 different countries and a range of taxonomic groups, the case studies provide valuable advice that will benefit future re-introduction projects. …  

10 Feb 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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