Species

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The seahorse opens the path to sustainable trade in aquatic species

Having laws to conserve nature and knowing how to use them are two different things – if done well, seahorse conservation in the Philippines could pave the way for other species, writes Dr. Amanda Vincent on World Wildlife Day.   …  

03 Mar 2016 | News story

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Important progress on cycad conservation in Mpanga Falls, Uganda

The project team working to save the Critically Endangered endemic cycad (Encephalartos whitelockii) has reported on two more important developments in their work in the Mpanga Falls region of Western Uganda.   …  

29 Feb 2016 | News story

Seizure of illegal pelts, ©Catherine J. Hibbard, USFWS

IUCN welcomes the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) welcomes the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking, which was announced today –  just a few days ahead of World Wildlife Day. Illegal trade in animals and plants has surged in recent years, and with the EU playing a pivotal role as a major market and transit point for trade in wildlife, international action is urgently needed. …  

26 Feb 2016 | News story

Hirola in the wild

World's Rarest Antelope Flourishes Under Community Conservation

Community conservation efforts in northern Kenya are bringing back the world’s most threatened antelope from the edge of extinction. SOS Grantee Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) reports that numbers of Critically Endangered Hirola (Beatragus hunteri) in the Ishaqbini Hirola Sanctuary, Kenya have doubled in just 3 and-a-half years. …  

24 Feb 2016 | News story

Giri Putri cave crabs

I caught crabs in Bali - but I don’t want to lose them

Marking the launch of the first SOS invertebrate conservation project, grantee Dr Tony Whitten, Fauna and Flora International (FFI), an IUCN Member, explains how he came to discover a new species just as it teetered on the edge of extinction.  …  

22 Feb 2016 | News story

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New hope for Thailand’s Sunda pangolins

Marking World Pangolin Day 2016, SOS is delighted to share news that its Fondation Segré Pangolin Conservation Initiative has recorded the first known footage of a wild Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica) in Khlong Nakha Wildlife Sanctuary, Southern Thailand.   …  

20 Feb 2016 | News story

Okapi in DRC Virunga NP

Global plan aims to save elusive okapi from extinction

Gland, Switzerland, 18 February 2016 (IUCN) - The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), supported by partners including the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) and global conservation charity the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), has published the first-ever coordinated global strategy to protect the unique and elusive okapi (Okapia johnstoni) from extinction in the wild. …   | French

18 Feb 2016 | News story

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Implementing a Cedar Management Plan on Mount Mulanje

In reflecting on project activities, challenges and successes to date, David Nangoma, Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust in Malawi explains the importance of the development and implementation of the Cedar Management Plan to the achievement of his project’s objectives.   …  

13 Feb 2016 | News story

World Wetlands Day 2016

World Wetlands Day: Wetlands & Sustainable Livelihoods

Each year, 2 February marks World Wetlands Day, to celebrate our planet’s wetlands but also to draw attention to the challenges that their degradation brings. …  

02 Feb 2016 | News story

Python skins are traded primarily to meet demands from the fashion industry

CITES meeting helps boost fight against illegal wildlife trade

IUCN expertise made a significant contribution to the 66th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Standing Committee (SC66) held in Geneva earlier this month. …  

28 Jan 2016 | 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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