Previous years

Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)

First glimmers of hope for Scotland's capercaillies

IUCN, Gland, Switzerland, 4 February 2005. After more than 20 years of alarming decline in the closing decades of the 20th century, the results of the third national winter survey of capercaillie numbers in Scotland reveals that numbers are now stable and may have even increased. The results of the survey, published in the most recent edition of Grouse News #28, the newsletter of SSC’s Grouse Specialist Group, is welcome news for one of Britain’s most impressive but threatened birds. Significant conservation action (such as habitat management and fence removal) and more favourable weather conditions during the most recent breeding seasons are thought to explain this positive result. …  

04 Feb 2005 | News story

Two new species of lemur discovered - one named after former Chair of the SSC's Conservation Breeding Specialist Group

IUCN, Gland, Switzerland, 14 January 2005 - Officials at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo (USA) announced the coming publication in the December 2005 issue (volume 26, no. 6) of the International Journal of Primatology the discovery of two new species of Sportive Lemur. The species are described by Dr. Edward Louis, head of the Genetics Department of the Grewcock Center for Conservation and Research Center at the zoo.
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14 Jan 2005 | News story

Sad loss to SSC

IUCN, Gland, Switzerland (14 January 2005) – SSC is sad to announce that one of its most active and dedicated members, Claus Reuther, has passed away. Claus was Chair of the SSC Otter Specialist Group and dedicated his life to the protection of otters and their habitats. …  

14 Jan 2005 | News story

Dr Holly Dublin

Dr Holly T. Dublin - New Chair of the Species Survival Commission

Holly Dublin - nueva presidenta de la CSEIUCN, Gland, Switzerland 10 Dec 2004. Dr Holly T. Dublin’s association with the Species Survival Commission began over 30 years ago when she became a member of her first Specialist Group. Since that time she has contributed to numerous SSC Specialist Groups, task forces and initiatives. In 1992 she became the Chair of the African Elephant SG, one of the Commission’s most productive and acclaimed groups. In 1994, Holly joined the SSC Executive Committee and has been a dynamic participant ever since. …  

10 Dec 2004 | News story

Rainbow fish

Global Coordinator appointed for Wetlands International / IUCN/SSC Global Freshwater Fish Specialist Group

9 December 2004 SSC is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Gordon Reid for a three year term as the Coordinator of the Global Freshwater Fish Specialist Group - a collaborative initiative between IUCN/SSC and Wetlands International. This appointment aims to resurrect the activities of the former IUCN/SSC Global Freshwater Fish Specialist Group which has been inactive since 1996. The group plans to hold its first meeting early in 2005 to discuss membership and formalise its new Terms of Reference. Plans and activities for the group will then be posted on both the Wetlands International and IUCN/SSC websites. …  

09 Dec 2004 | News story

A farewell and tribute to outgoing Species Survival Commission Chair, David Brackett

Bangkok, Thailand (17.11.2004) IUCN-The World Conservation Union. David Brackett will leave Bangkok with lighter shoulders. For the past eight years he has headed IUCN’s largest volunteer network, the Species Survival Commission (SSC) – a task aptly and affectionately described by some as “herding cats”. …  

17 Nov 2004 | News story

Announcing the first recipients of the Sir Peter Scott Fund for Conservation Action Grants

Gland, Switzerland (11.11.2004) IUCN-The World Conservation Union. The ebony forests of Mauritius, the Anegada iguana and the Endangered Przewalski’s gazelle are all set to benefit from the first round of grants issued under the Sir Peter Scott Fund for Conservation Action, created by the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC). …  

11 Nov 2004 | News story

Dragonfly

Guardians of the Watershed: dragonflies and damselflies as reliable indicators of the quality of wetland habitats

Gland, Switzerland (19.10.2004) IUCN-The World Conservation Union. Earlier this year, the Species Survival Commission’s Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) Specialist Group, published Guardians of the Watershed. Global status of Dragonflies: Critical Species, Threats and Conservation in the International Journal of Odonatology. It will undoubtedly be of use to all nature conservationists, including odonatologists looking for global, but concentrated, information on the threats to dragonfly survival. …  

19 Oct 2004 | News story

The new Canid Action Plan - Conserving wild canids from the tiny fennec fox to the mighty grey wolf

Gland, Switzerland (11.10.2004) IUCN-The World Conservation Union. Canids, that is foxes, wolves, jackals and dogs, are found throughout most of the world, and occur on every continent except Antarctica. As carnivores, they often conflict with human interests because certain species will prey on domestic livestock. The more prolific and adaptable species, such as the red fox and coyote, have fared well despite this, but more specialist species, like the Ethiopian wolf have suffered and nine of the 36 recognized canid species are threatened with extinction. With human populations continuing to grow, the pressure on many species will undoubtedly increase. …  

11 Oct 2004 | News story

European Bison: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan

Saving Europe's megafauna - European Bison Action Plan released by Bison Specialist Group

Gland, Switzerland (08.10.2004) IUCN-The World Conservation Union. The European Bison or wisent, is one of Europe’s largest and most impressive mammals, symbolic of earlier times, when Europe’s then primeval forests supported a variety of large herbivores, such as the aurochs (wild ox) and tarpan (wild horse). Unfortunately, these two species became extinct in historical times and the European Bison almost suffered the same fate. Formerly widespread throughout Europe until the 5th century, from the Pyrenees through to the Caucasus, it became extinct in the wild by the beginning of the 20th century, as a result of hunting and habitat loss. …  

08 Oct 2004 | News story

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