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13A-062-001, Bijagós islands, Rowan Martin, SOS Save Our Species

Protection of key Timneh parrot breeding area underway

The Timneh parrot breeding season is now underway on the Bijagós islands of Guinea-Bissau, according to SOS Grantee Rowan Martin of the World Parrot Trust, an IUCN member. The Vulnerable Timneh parrot (Psittacus timneh) has long been subject to high levels of trapping for the pet trade, leading to dramatic declines in populations.   …  

20 Jun 2014 | News story

12A_33_42, WWF MEkong, SOS Save Our Species, Saola, Illegal camp pre-burning, © Khamhou Thongsamouth

Saola Field Notes: Reconnaissance patrol into the Kalo region of the Xe Sap National Protected Area, Vietnam

SOS grantee Michael Dine of WWF, an IUCN member, has been updating SOS on field activities from his project to help protect the Critically Endangered Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis). This is one of two SOS funded projects helping to protect the little known and rarely seen forest bovid – cousin to antelopes, cattle and goats.  What follows is Michael’s report of a successful reconnaissance patrol in difficult terrain and conditions – which also indicates several of the practical challenges one faces when trying to protect a species.   …  

17 Jun 2014 | News story

Dickinson's Cypripedium (Cypripedium dickinsonianum) - Endangered

IUCN Red List raises more red flags for threatened species

Almost 80% of temperate slipper orchids and over 90% of lemurs are threatened with extinction, according to the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. The newly assessed Japanese Eel has been listed as Endangered, while the Brazilian Three-banded Armadillo – the mascot of the 2014 FIFA World Cup – remains Vulnerable as its population continues to decline. …   | French | Spanish | German | Dutch

12 Jun 2014 | News story

The Duke of Cambridge and David Beckham launching the #WhoseSideAreYouOn campaign

International sporting personalities United for Wildlife

Global sports personalities came together in London yesterday to sign up to the #WhoseSideAreYouOn campaign, which seeks to mobilise support amongst younger generations for the fight against the illegal wildlife trade. Sportspeople already signed up as Ambassadors of the campaign include David Beckham, Andy Murray, Lewis Hamilton, Rahul Dravid, Samuel Eto’o, Yao Ming and Francois Pienaar. …  

09 Jun 2014 | News story

Mangrove Finch, SOS - Save Our Species, CDF

World First! Captive-bred Mangrove finches released into natural habitat

With the release of 15 captive bred Critically Endangered Mangrove finches we are delighted to report a world first from SOS Grantee and IUCN Member, The Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF). Today in collaboration with its implementing partners, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment through the Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD) and San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG), CDF are celebrating the release into the forest habitat on Isabela Island, Galapagos, Ecuador. Time will tell how the birds fare.   …  

30 May 2014 | News story

SOS Save Our Species, Douc Langur Foundation, 12A-041-06, Lois Lippold, Chu Mom Ray

Poachers Lose Motorbikes at Chu Mom Ray National Park, Vietnam

Lois Lippold, from the Douc Langur Foundation, an SOS Grantee reports on another heartening development in her project's work to protect the Endangered Langurs and Gibbons of Vietnam's Chu Mom Ray Park. In August 2013, Lois reported the first successful arrest of a poacher in the park. But in the last three months alone, the Chu Mom Ray National Park have confiscated more than 100 motorbikes and destroyed 5795 snares and traps. …  

29 May 2014 | News story

11A-10-31 Sierra Caral, Fundaeco, SOS Save Our Species, Robin Moore

Success! Unique Sierra Caral, Guatemala is declared a National Protected Area

On Tuesday 13th of May, the Guatemalan Congress declared the Sierra Caral mountain chain, an internationally recognized AZE Site (Alliance for Zero Extinction), as a National Protected Area. This is the first protected area to be declared by the Guatemalan Congress in more than nine years. SOS Grantee and IUCN Member, FUNDAECO explains how important this is for the rather unique Sierra Caral.     …  

27 May 2014 | News story

12A-037-033 bis CROPPED, Prey Veng temple Eleanor Briggs WCS, SOS Save Our Species

Building hope for Endangered ducks in Prey Veng, Cambodia

Building on the success of its bird-watching eco-tourism initiative in Tmatbuay village, northern Cambodia, SOS Grantee and IUCN Member, WCS Cambodia has begun expanding the concept to other sites in the region including Prey Veng village, habitat for the Endangered White-winged Duck (Cairina scutulata)- a beautiful, rare and poorly known bird.   …  

26 May 2014 | News story

SOS Save Our Species, TSA; Batagur baska, Turtle Survival Alliance, 2012A-031, AGJ Morshed

River Terrapins Making a Comeback in Asia

Rick Hudson, President of the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) updated SOS with a quick review of nesting successes from Bangladesh for several river terrapin species in the Batagur genus including Batagur baska. Multi-coloured and charming in their own right, the future is looking brighter for Batagur baska and relatives.   …  

23 May 2014 | News story

SOS - Save Our Species, EWT, Dugong, Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, 11A-05-069

New angles on Bazaruto Archipelago National Park's Dugongs

Often our emotional connections to beautiful places and amazing species are about perspective. Finding new angles with her camera, SOS Grantee and IUCN Member, Endangered Wildlife Trust’s (EWT) Karen Allen reveals the beauty of Bazaruto Archipelago National Park in Mozambique – home to the largest viable population of dugongs in the western Indian Ocean.   …  

21 May 2014 | News story

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