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Smalltooth Sawfish (Pristis pectinata) caught, tagged and released by the shark lab at Bimini field station (The Bahamas) on 5 May 2012

Securing a safe future for sawfishes

Shark and ray experts from around the world gathered last week at the Zoological Society of London to address the plight of the most threatened marine fishes in the world – the sawfishes. The group, convened by the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Shark Specialist Group, is breaking new ground with the development of a focused global action plan to bring these iconic species back from the brink of extinction. …  

29 May 2012 | News story

Schisandra fruit is sustainably harvested by the project

Project supported by IUCN wins Equator Prize

An initiative developed between IUCN, TRAFFIC and WWF as part of the EU-China Biodiversity Programme (ECBP) to promote the sustainable harvesting of wild medicinal plants has been awarded the prestigious Equator Prize 2012. …  

25 May 2012 | News story

SOS dugong 2011A-005 EWT

Full force of the law needed to save stricken dugongs

Law enforcement is key to saving one of the world’s most threatened marine mammals - the Dugong (Dugong dugon) - and a project funded by SOS - Save Our Species is on the case in Mozambique. …  

23 May 2012 | News story

Barreleye fish (Macropinna microstoma)

The hidden wonders of marine biodiversity

Marine biodiversity is the theme of this year’s International Day for Biodiversity - 22 May. Oceans cover about 70% of our planet’s surface area and there are an estimated 250,000 marine species. …  

22 May 2012 | Article

Saola habitat, Au Rong, Greater Annamites, central Vietnam.

Saola still a mystery 20 years after its spectacular debut

Two decades after the sensational discovery of a new ungulate species called the Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis), this rare animal remains as mysterious and elusive as ever. The Saola Working Group (SWG) of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, WWF and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) warn that the species is sliding towards extinction because of intensive hunting pressure and poor reserve management. …   | French | Spanish

21 May 2012 | International news release

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana)

New online elephant database launched

ElephantDatabase.org, a joint project of the IUCN/SSC African Elephant Specialist Group (AfESG) and Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG), is a new site where the latest information from elephant surveys across Africa and Asia is easily accessible. …  

16 May 2012 | News story

UTI, SOS, warty glassfrog Centrolene heloderma, 2011A-011 11A-11-13

Mixed news on the rediscovery of rare frog species in Ecuador

A new population of the Critically Endangered glass frog (Centrolene heloderma) has been discovered in the cloud forests of the Pichincha Province of Ecuador.   …  

15 May 2012 | News story

Rodrigo Medellin receives the Whitley Fund for Nature Gold Award from HRH The Princess Royal at the Royal Geographical Society, London, May 9th, 2012

IUCN bat expert wins prestigious conservation award

Many congratulations to Rodrigo Medellín, co-chair of the IUCN SSC Bat Specialist Group, who has been awarded the 2012 Whitley Gold Award, donated by The Friends of Whitley Fund for Nature, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to conservation. …  

11 May 2012 | News story

World Migratory Bird Day

Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day

May 12th – 13th 2012 is World Migratory Bird Day. This year’s theme is ‘Migratory birds and people - together through time’ and people all over the world will be celebrating migratory birds and the special relationship humans share with them. …  

10 May 2012 | News story

The Montserrat "Mountain Chicken" (Leptodactylus fallax)

Mountain chicken frogs back in Montserrat

Scientists from the IUCN Member organisations are hoping that one of the world's largest frogs is singing songs of love on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat and not just singing in the rain. Mating calls would mean the so-called "mountain chicken" frogs are looking to breed and hopefully dodge extinction. …  

10 May 2012 | News story


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