Species

Ranunculus coronaria. Palestine

Strengthening the network of botanists in the South and East Mediterranean

The project ‘Conserving wild plants and habitats for people in the South and East Mediterranean’, which was launched in October 2014, is moving ahead. The Scientific Institute of Mohamed V University in Rabat (Morocco) has recently hosted the first workshop for experts who are going to document the conservation status and distribution of selected rare and threatened plant species in Important Plant Areas (IPAs), especially in those countries where information is insufficient (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon and Palestine). …  

08 Apr 2015 | News story

Central Chimpanzee

Declining Great Apes of Central Africa Get New Action Plan for Conservation

The number of gorillas and chimpanzees in Central Africa continues to decline due to hunting, habitat loss, and disease, combined with a widespread lack of law enforcement and corruption in the judicial process, according to a new conservation plan by IUCN, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), WWF, and partners. …  

07 Apr 2015 | News story

Rangers à la recherche de les sapins

La découverte de sapins du Ziyuan a apporté un nouvel espoir à l'une des espèces d'arbres les plus menacées de la Chine

Vingt-et-un sapins du Ziyuan (Abies ziyuanensis) ont été découverts au bout de huit mois de travaux intensifs sur le terrain dans la réserve naturelle provinciale de Yinzhulaoshan, Guangxi, en Chine, rapporte David Gill, membre de l'organisation FFI (Fauna and Flora International), bénéficiaire d’une subvention SOS et membre de l'UICN. Ce projet de conservation de l'espèce Abies est financé par SOS depuis le mois de janvier de cette année.   …  

07 Apr 2015 | News story

13A-062-009, SOS - Save Our Species, World Parrot trust, Timneh Parrot, Daniel Lopes

Turning the tide on nest poaching of Timneh parrots in Guinea-Bissau

As another breeding season for Timneh parrots gets underway in the Bijagós islands, hopes are high that the nest monitoring team can build on the successes of the previous year. In late 2014 the return of a poached chick to its nest, and its re-adoption by its parents, provides a heart-warming conservation story and a tangible sign that the strategy of employing former parrot trappers is paying conservation dividends.   …  

01 Apr 2015 | News story

Pangolin scales for sale in Asia

World leaders reaffirm commitment to reducing illegal wildlife trade

Heads of state, ministers and high-level representatives of over 30 countries and Regional Economic Integration Organisations have adopted the Kasane Statement to reaffirm their commitment to ending the illegal wildlife trade. The statement was adopted at the Kasane Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade, held on 25 March in Botswana and organised by the Government of Botswana with the support of the UK government. …  

27 Mar 2015 | News story

West African Chimpanzee

Reducing Human-Chimpanzee conflicts in Guinea-Bissau

Tedros Medhin, project coordinator with Stichting Chimbo, an SOS Grantee and IUCN Member, reports from Boé, Guinea-Bissau, about how Village Vigilance Committees (CVVs) are helping to protect the local population of Endangered West African Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes ssp. verus). …  

25 Mar 2015 | News story

Caridina woltereckae, endemic to Lake Towuti (Sulawesi), currently under threat due to overharvesting for the aquarium trade, pollution and invasive fish species

Dead Shrimp Blues - the imperilled status of freshwater shrimps

I woke up this mornin' and all my shrimps was dead and gone”, so sang the legendary blues artist Robert Johnson back in 1937. A lyric which sadly resonates today according to a study led by the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). …  

25 Mar 2015 | News story

Bombus cullamanus, critically endangered

Nearly one in 10 wild bee species face extinction in Europe while the status of more than half remains unknown - IUCN report

The first-ever assessment of all European wild bee species shows that 9.2% are threatened with extinction, while 5.2% are considered likely to be threatened in the near future. A total of 56.7% of the species are classified as Data Deficient, as lack of experts, data and funding has made it impossible to evaluate their extinction risk.
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19 Mar 2015 | News story

cycads Uganda

6,400 seeds of Critically Endangered cycads planted in Western Uganda

Mpanga Falls in Western Uganda is known as one of the world’s largest areas where the endemic cycad species Encephalartos whitelockii occurs. This cycad species is classified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. The remaining population is estimated at about 8,000 individual plants. …  

19 Mar 2015 | News story

Pitcairn Island, South Pacific

Great British win: world's largest marine reserve to be established around Pitcairn Islands

IUCN joins other leading conservation groups in congratulating the British Government for its decision to create the world’s largest marine reserve around the Pitcairn Islands, a UK Overseas Territory (OT) in the South Pacific.  

19 Mar 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.
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