Two New Salamanders Discovered

  A team of young researchers from Colombia have recently published an article in the journal Zootaxa describing two new species of salamander discovered during a project supported by the Conservation Leadership Programme and Save Our Species. This exciting discovery is just one of a number of such discoveries made during an SOS funded project that will be reported soon in a special news article. What follows is the original release published by our partners, the Conservation Leadership Programme. …  

11 Feb 2013 | News story

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Lead Free Flights for California's Condors

Soaring high in the skies over Baja California’s Sierra San Pedro Martir Park is a growing number of California Condors (Gymnogyps californianus), Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. For those who have worked for years on the project to reintroduce them to their Pacific coast territories, the sight represents a significant success. These birds, identifiable by GPS enabled number tags on their 3m wingspan, have been hand-reared and taught how to be condors by team members at San Diego Zoo Global, an SOS grantee. …  

11 Feb 2013 | News story

Vice-Presidents of IUCN 2013-2016: Mr. Malik Amin Aslam Khan, Pakistan; Mr. Miguel Pellerano, Argentina; Dr John Robinson, USA;  and Ms Marina von Weissenberg, Finland. 
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IUCN Council appoints Vice-Presidents for 2013-16

Mr. Malik Amin Aslam Khan (Pakistan), Mr. Miguel Pellerano (Argentina), Dr John Robinson (USA) and Ms Marina von Weissenberg (Finland), have been named Vice-Presidents of IUCN for 2013-16. …   | French | Spanish

01 Feb 2013 | News story


Mali's Warzone Elephants

The year–long and now escalating conflict in Mali poses a real threat to the Gourma Elephants, so WILD Foundation, an SOS grantee, has adjusted its planning and on-the-ground work to anticipate issues that may arise. Originally awarded a Rapid Action Grant by SOS to train and deploy mobile anti-poaching teams, this activity has been put on hold until the conflict in the region calms down. Meanwhile the following article is an adaptation of an original blog post written by Dr. Susan Canney, Project Leader with the Mali Elephant Project in association with Nomba Ganame, Project Coordinator on the ground in Mali outlining other activities initiated by WILD Foundation. This article addresses the impact of the conflict on the elephant range; the status of the anti-poaching efforts and how the project is adapting through mobilising the young men of the area.   …  

30 Jan 2013 | News story

SOS, Golden Mantella Frog

In Golden Ponds

It is a symbolic irony the Golden Mantella frog’s habitat and the species’ very survival is under threat due to the proliferation of artisanal gold mining among the rivers and ponds that form its jungle habitat in Madagascar’s Mangabe region.   …  

29 Jan 2013 | News story

Biodiversity's Ticking Time Bomb

Biodiversity's Ticking Time Bomb: Understanding and Addressing the Problem of Invasive Species in Europe

On 21 February 2013, IUCN and BirdLife, with the support of the European Habitats Forum, will organize a high-level debate at the European Parliament in Brussels to discuss the issue of invasive alien species in Europe and the development of a EU policy instrument to tackle them. The event is hosted by MEP Pavel Poc, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats (S&D).  …  

28 Jan 2013 | News story

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Community Cats

Why would someone rush out of the city on Friday after work to drive deep into the night and get up extra early the following morning just to go for a walk? Because it’s not just any walk; it’s a CAT (Citizen Action for Tigers) walk where participants volunteer to help protect Malaysia’s wildlife. And indeed community participation – a hallmark of many SOS funded projects, is what makes the difference.   …  

25 Jan 2013 | News story

Floating market

A recipe linking nature and people

Have you ever wondered how to represent the links between nature and people in a simple way to facilitate decision making? A diverse group of experts share their tips in addressing this very challenge and suggest possible ingredients of such a representation. The hope is that this 'recipe' will help the work of the top new nature platform (IPBES) in relating biodiversity and its benefits to human well-being, sustainability and conservation. …  

25 Jan 2013 | News story

Female Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis)

Saving Saola from snares

An initiative created by the Saola Working Group of IUCN's Species Survival Commission (SSC) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Greater Mekong Programme has removed and destroyed 26,651 snares from the forests of Viet Nam and Laos that are home to the rare and elusive Saola. …  

25 Jan 2013 | News story

Marine biodiversity in Lebanese's waters

Lebanon moves forward to protect marine habitats

Lebanon's Ministry of Environment and IUCN with the support of partners such as the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (UN Environment Programme-Barcelona Convention) have brought forward a Marine Protected Areas Strategy aimed at achieving a healthy, productive, and biologically diverse marine environment in Lebanese waters. …   | French | Spanish

08 Jan 2013 | 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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