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Lake Bogoria lesser flamingos

World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) was initiated in 2006 and is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats. On the second weekend each May, people around the world take action and organize public events such as bird festivals, education programmes and birdwatching excursions to celebrate WMBD.   …  

10 May 2014 | News story

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New hope for spoon-billed sandpipers as hand-reared bird heads for breeding grounds

Continued heartening news for the Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmeus) - the little bird that keeps defying the odds. The first of a hand-reared group of birds has been spotted migrating back towards where it was hatched by conservationists.   …  

10 May 2014 | News story

SOS save our species, AlTo, Maleo bird, Oliver Hensel Brown

Tompotika Youth Find Their Power in Conservation

A few weeks ago, something wonderful took place in Tompotika, Sulawesi with high school students championing the cause of local wildlife including the endemic and Endangered Maleo Bird. Marcy Summers, Project Director with the SOS grantee AlTo which is working to protect the Maleo, reports on something very special that took place amongst the dozen Tompotika high school students who spent February-March in an AlTo Art for Conservation project. …  

09 May 2014 | News story

Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus)

Hidden effects of climate change on species revealed in new study

A new study by partners of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), including the IUCN Global Species Programme (GSP), has revealed that climate change’s effects on species may be occurring through a disruption of the fundamental interactions that exist between species within an ecosystem. …  

06 May 2014 | News story

Hacienda Antisanilla, Ecuador

Critical wildlife habitat now permanently protected in Ecuador

A consortium of partners including the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group/Amphibian Survival Alliance, Rainforest Trust (RT), Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) and the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) have come together to enable local partner Fundación Jocotoco to purchase 6,100 acres of critical wildlife habitat in Ecuador. Previously Fundación Jocotoco had purchased Sunfohuayco, an adjoining property of close to 6,000 acres. The mammoth property acquisition will create a permanent refuge for three threatened species of frogs which are found nowhere else, and the largest population of Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus) in the Northern Andes. …  

02 May 2014 | News story

SOS Save Our Species, WCS, Cross river gorilla

World’s Rarest Gorilla Gets New Roadmap for Survival

In spite of the continued threats of poaching and habitat destruction, future prospects for the world’s rarest gorilla - the Cross River Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla dielhi) - have improved but are still dependent on continued local and international partnerships, according to a new action plan published by the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group and the Wildlife Conservation Society, and produced in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service - both IUCN members, as well as the North Carolina Zoo, and other organisations.   …  

26 Mar 2014 | News story

SOS, Siamese Rosewood

Supporting our forest guardians

Almost exactly a year ago, on the 14th of March 2013, 33-year old Thaweesak Chomyong, a ranger working in Thailand’s Pang Sida National Park was fatally shot when a group of poachers fired upon his patrol team before fleeing the scene. This was not an isolated incident. The neighbouring Thap Lan National Park (TLNP), part of the Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also bearing the brunt of this poaching epidemic, in particular the poaching of Siamese rosewood (Dalbergia cochinchinensis). …  

21 Mar 2014 | News story

SOS, Sinkhole Cycad

Expedition leads to discovery of major population of Sinkhole Cycad

If it were easy it wouldn’t be an expedition. A team of 18 people, 3 horses and 3 dogs embarked on a mission to distant caves in the Maya Mountains in Southern Belize. The treasure they were looking for was the rare Sinkhole Cycad (Zamia prasina) – a unique plant species that only occurs in the bottom of sinkholes and on hilltops.  …  

18 Mar 2014 | News story

'The Amphibians' - Fire Salamander

New eBook showcases amphibian photography

A stunning new eBook ‘The Amphibians’ has been published by the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA) in collaboration with Meet Your Neighbours, a worldwide photography project reconnecting people with the wildlife on their own doorsteps. The eBook features photographs of amphibians from around the world against a luminous white background. …  

12 Mar 2014 | News story

SOS, Snow Leopard

Learning to live with Snow Leopards

In the shadow of the majestic Himalayas on the “roof of the world”, SOS - Save Our Species is championing the conservation of the equally majestic Snow Leopard. SOS grantees the Snow Leopard Trust and Snow Leopard Foundation Pakistan, are piloting grassroots programmes aimed at reducing the illegal killing of snow leopards in the remote reaches of Pakistan’s northernmost province, Gilgit-Baltistan. …  

12 Mar 2014 | News story

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