Species

Cover 'Transboundary River Basins: Status and Trends'

Key hotspots of species loss and water risks identified in new transboundary river basins report

On 22 May the global community marked ‘International Biodiversity Day’, celebrating the variety of life on earth. Yet, extinction risks range from moderate to very high in 70% of transboundary river basins, according to a new study: Transboundary River Basins: Status and Trends. Climate change, population growth and geopolitical tensions between states sharing waterways are identified as key causes driving the increased risk of species extinction. …  

18 May 2016 | News story

11A-22-75, 1 Egg collection, 16 June 2015, by Nikolai Yakushev, SOS Save Our Species, Spoon-billed Sandpiper

Giving Spoon-billed Sandpipers a head-start on the long journey back from the brink of extinction

Marking World Migratory Bird Day 2016, Rebecca Lee of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), an SOS grantee, reflects on the transformation in survival prospects for this Critically Endangered and diminutive migratory bird. Thanks to a sustained and innovative head-starting programme, more adult birds are making the 8,000 km round-trip from breeding grounds to wintering grounds. Even more ambitious conservation goals can be achieved provided collaboration among conservationists along the bird’s flyway continues she advises.   …  

10 May 2016 | News story

Addax

Saharan Addax antelope faces imminent extinction

Regional insecurity and oil industry activities in the Sahara desert have pushed the Addax – a migratory species of desert-adapted antelope - to the very knife-edge of extinction according to a recent survey which found only three surviving in the wild.   …  

06 May 2016 | News story

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IUCN and National Geographic Society Join Forces for IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016

Partnership will highlight pressing conservation issues and ways to solve them. …   | French | Spanish

03 May 2016 | News story

16B-018-001. Freddy Almeida Fieldwork, credit Pol Pintanel, SOS Save Our Species

In the shadow of the volcano: race against time for the Quito rocket frog

An imminent eruption of the Cotopaxi Volcano in Ecuador would wipe out the last population of the Quito rocket frog. On International Save the Frogs Day, researcher Santiago Ron from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE), a grantee with IUCN’s SOS initiative, describes efforts to save the species from extinction.   …  

30 Apr 2016 | News story

12A-048-006, Large mesh size Gillnet fishing boat at the Bengal coast by Rubaiyat MansurWCS, SOS Save Our Species,

Meet the fishers helping save threatened dolphins

Preventing bycatch of threatened marine megafauna is a challenging task, writes Brian D. Smith from the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh. Fishers are often unable to detect Irrawaddy dolphins entangled in their nets. But according to Brian there are solutions.   …  

25 Apr 2016 | News story

13A-063-030, Athony and George excavating a nest, photo credit Trokon Saykpa, SOS Save Our Species, STW Liberia

Poachers Turn Protectors in Bassa Point Community

“I started poaching turtle eggs when I was ten years old!” declares Anthony Peabody. Since 2012, however, Anthony has been working as a beach monitor and turtle protector thanks to Sea Turtle Watch (STW) Liberia’s community oriented conservation programme. With four species including Hawksbill, Leatherback, Olive Ridley and Green turtles using these beaches, Liberia is important for marine turtle conservation.    …  

20 Apr 2016 | News story

13A-049-009, Chimbo Boé landscape in the rainy season, SOS SAve OUr Species, Stichting Chimbo, Boé Region, Guinea-Bissau

Bush fire management in the Boé

In a region such as the Boé, Guinea Bissau, effective fire management is critical to maintaining a balance between local wildlife and farming community needs, according to Tedros Medhin, project coordinator with grantee Stichting Chimbo (Chimbo). “Thanks to SOS our bush fire control program could be expanded”. The project target species is Chimpanzees in and around the future Boé National Park.   …  

18 Apr 2016 | News story

13A-060-006, Cocoa truck hidding ivory tusk, Djoum, Cameroon, (C) Oliver Fankem_ZSL, SOS Save Our SPecies,

Exposing illegal trade in elephant tusks

Following a seizure of ivory, a suspected illegal trader has been sentenced to imprisonment. Paul de Ornellas of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a grantee with IUCN’s SOS initiative, explains how ZSL helped expose the crime.   …  

15 Apr 2016 | News story

13A-061-011, Miriam, Pretoma, Costa Rica, SOS Save Our SPecies, Hammerhead Sharks, Miriam Vargas

Hammerhead shark conservation in Costa Rican fishing communities

A day in the life of community leader Doña Miriam Vargas highlights her fishery’s work to protect Costa Rica’s hammerhead sharks – as described by Andy Bystrom, project coordinator with SOS Grantee PRETOMA.   …  

13 Apr 2016 | 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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