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Okapi (Okapia johnstoni)

Forest giraffe joins growing number of threatened species

The Okapi – a national symbol of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as the “forest giraffe” – and the sub-Saharan White-winged Flufftail – one of Africa’s rarest birds – are now on the brink of extinction, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Two species of albatross, the Leatherback Turtle and the Island Fox native to California’s Channel Islands are showing signs of recovery. …   | French | Dutch

26 Nov 2013 | News story

Beluga

IUCN steps up the pace on investigating climate change impacts on wildlife

At a time when global climate change is among the most important of issues for humankind to address, there remains significant uncertainty about how changes in the climate system will impact upon the world’s species and ecosystems, not to mention how societies and decision-makers might go about reducing these impacts. In response to this, the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) has recently formed a new group of international experts who will focus on topics surrounding climate change impacts on biodiversity. …  

18 Nov 2013 | News story

Los Glaciales National Park, Argentina

Key Biodiversity Areas - governance workshop underway in Brasilia

This week, a number of conservationists are meeting with representatives from Mexico, India and Brazil to discuss the identification and governance of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) - places recognised for their important fauna and flora. The process for identifying KBAs is the focus of a project funded by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative’s Collaborative Fund for Conservation. …  

06 Nov 2013 | News story

SOS, LEO, Cameroon

Shelter from the rains: chasing poachers in Bouba-Ndjida National Park

In just 3 months last year, poachers slaughtered circa 450 elephants in Bouba-Ndjida National Park, Cameroon, a drama that spurred the deployment of 60 new ecoguards. However, the lack of equipment, stable salaries and basic housing facilities conspired to make the guard's task of protecting the remaining wildlife, all the more challenging. …  

06 Nov 2013 | News story

Flying foxes, Haloween, SOS

Flying foxes: myths with more bark than bite

It’s Hallowe’en time again, and around much of the world people are decorating with images of ghosts, vampires, witches, black cats, and, of course, bats. For the superstitious, there may be nothing scarier than the flying foxes of the Philippines, whose 2-meter wingspans make them the largest bats in the world! …  

31 Oct 2013 | News story

Common Seahorse (Hippocampus kuda)

Crowdsourcing Seahorses: New smartphone app offers hope for seahorse science and conservation

Marine conservationists from the University of British Columbia, Zoological Society of London (ZSL), and John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago have launched a smartphone app that could lead to new discoveries about some of the ocean’s most mysterious and threatened animals — seahorses — and pave the way for similar efforts with other difficult-to-study species. …  

24 Oct 2013 | News story

Juliana’s golden-mole (Neamblysomus julianae)

Conservation in Action: The Road to Recovery

From saving the world’s most threatened species of sea turtle to bringing unusual amphibians back from the brink of extinction, no conservation challenge is a lost cause if knowledge, dedication and strong partnerships are put into play. This is the message being championed by ARKive to celebrate its tenth anniversary this year. …  

23 Oct 2013 | News story

SOS, WWF, Irrawaddy Dolphins, Cambodia

From policy to action: thanks to SOS support, enforcement equipment and training make protection for the Mekong Dolphins all the more so tangible.

Irrawaddy dolphins can live in both saltwater and freshwater. However while they are widespread in coastal areas, they now survive in three rivers only. With fewer than 100 dolphins and unsustainable mortality rates, the Mekong population is considered Critically Endangered.   …  

17 Oct 2013 | News story

Maleo bird, Sulawesi, ALTO

Sparing a thought for Maleo birds on World Egg Day

Today is World Egg Day, when agribusiness promotes the consumption of eggs as a healthy source of protein. When it comes to one of Indonesia’s national icons however, the Endangered Maleo bird (Macrocephalon maleo), conservationists such as the Alliance for Tompotika Conservation (AlTo), an SOS - Save Our Species grantee, are trying to discourage the practice of eating its giant eggs for special occasions. …  

11 Oct 2013 | News story

Diceros sumatrensis

Major step towards Asian Rhino Recovery

At a meeting of the five Asian Rhino range states - Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Nepal - a common action plan was agreed today with the aim of increasing the populations of Asian Rhino species by at least 3% annually by 2020. …  

03 Oct 2013 | International news release


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