Species

Gray whale breaching

Landmark cooperation for conservation of Critically Endangered western Gray Whale

Representatives of the Russian Federation, USA and Japan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement IUCN’s range-wide Western Gray Whale Conservation Plan. …  

24 Sep 2014 | News story

2012A-45-001 A _credit Ujung Kulon NP and WWF Indonesia _Javan Rhino, IRF, SOS Save OUr Species

Flagship species: how protecting rhinos can help other threatened wildlife

Marking World Rhino Day, SOS Grantee Bill Konstant, International Rhino Foundation writes this thought provoking article on the role of rhinos as flagship species for conservation.   …  

22 Sep 2014 | News story

The vaquita of the Gulf of California is well on its way to extinction. The cause is bycatch in fishing nets

IUCN calls for immediate action to prevent the Vaquita’s extinction

Despite conservation efforts, numbers of Vaquita, a small porpoise found only in Mexico, have continued to decline, from around 600‐800 animals in the early 1990s to about 100 animals today, according to the latest report of the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita (CIRVA). …  

16 Sep 2014 | News story

13A-069-018 Reef Manta Ray Ventral Shot, Maldives _ Guy Stevens, SOS SAve Our Species, Manta Trust

A good news story unfolds for mantas and sharks

What did it take to get here? And what will it take to go further? asks Isabel Ender, Conservation Strategy Manager with the Manta Trust, an SOS Grantee. …  

11 Sep 2014 | News story

11A-004-028 Markhor in Tree WCS Pakistan, SOS Save OUr Species

Cultural Cooperation and Markhor Conservation in Gilgit-Baltistan

In some ways conservation of the Endangered Markhor (Capra falconeri) in northern Pakistan is complicated by geography according to SOS Grantee Mayoor Khan, Progamme Manager with WCS Pakistan. Tapping into the spirit of community that transcends the region’s physical and cultural borders is key. …  

10 Sep 2014 | News story

Aldabra Banded Snail (Rhachistia aldabrae)

Extinct snail re-discovered in Seychelles

A field expedition on Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles, has resulted in the re-discovery of the Aldabra Banded Snail (Rhachistia aldabrae), which was declared extinct in 2007. This snail was locally abundant in the 1970s but its numbers fell rapidly, likely due to the increasing frequency of dry years on Aldabra as a result of climate change. The last time a living individual of the species was recorded was in 1997. …  

05 Sep 2014 | News story

13A-066-003B, Mecistops, Central Africa, new species, JohnThorbjarnarson, SOS, RSCF,

West Africa’s Crocodile Conservationists in Training

Digbé, Zoh, Monet, and Irie awoke one February morning not realizing their professional lives were about to change forever. They were the crocodile keepers at the Abidjan National Zoo (ZNA) but from that day they were transformed into crocodile conservationists thanks to SOS grantee Dr. Matt Shirley, team leader with Project Mecistops.   …  

03 Sep 2014 | News story

Sub-adult male White-faced Saki (Pithecia pithecia)

Study describes five new species of Amazonian Saki Monkey

A major taxonomic revision of the saki monkeys (genus Pithecia) has revealed the existence of five new saki species. …  

01 Sep 2014 | News story

12A-037-020, Simon Mahood, Fishermen by the riverside, WCS Cambodia, SOS

The quest for the Masked Finfoot

Late August last year, Simon Mahood who works with SOS grantee and IUCN Member, WCS Cambodia, joined Rous Vann, one of the project team's most experienced biological monitoring staff on a quest. Together they went in search of the Endangered Masked Finfoot (Heliopais personatus). One of the few places where the bird hangs on is Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary, deep in Cambodia’s Northern Plains. On the journey they encountered numerous species of birds, several of which the SOS-funded project is helping to protect, but what of the Masked Finfoot? …  

29 Aug 2014 | News story

Tugur River, Khabarovsk, Russia

New nature reserve provides sanctuary for threatened Siberian Taimen

The Wild Salmon Center (WSC), Khabarovsk Wildlife Foundation (KWF), and other partners have succeeded in winning approval for the creation of the Tugursky Nature Reserve, which will protect nearly 80,000 acres of critical habitat within the Tugur Watershed in the Russian Far East’s Khabarovsk Region. A regional decree was signed by the Governor of Khabarovsk to establish the Reserve. …  

14 Aug 2014 | News story

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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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