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Conservationists are working hard to restore vulture populations in South Asia

Valuing our Vultures

The presence of vultures is an underappreciated facet to the healthy functioning of ecosystems. In 1999, the unprecedented decline in populations of the Gyps vulture species in South Asia, by almost 99%, resulted in a regional movement to save the three species of Gyps vultures. The nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), Diclofenac, commonly used as a painkiller in domestic animals was the primary cause of vulture deaths, following consumption of animal carcasses. Diclofenac was banned across South Asian countries, beginning with India in 2006. …  

23 Feb 2016 | News story

Giri Putri cave crabs

I caught crabs in Bali - but I don’t want to lose them

Marking the launch of the first SOS invertebrate conservation project, grantee Dr Tony Whitten, Fauna and Flora International (FFI), an IUCN Member, explains how he came to discover a new species just as it teetered on the edge of extinction.  …  

22 Feb 2016 | News story

Sunda Pangolin, 2015A-075, ZSL, Pangolin Conservation Initiative, dan challender, SOS Save Our Species

New hope for Thailand’s Sunda pangolins

Marking World Pangolin Day 2016, SOS is delighted to share news that its Fondation Segré Pangolin Conservation Initiative has recorded the first known footage of a wild Sunda pangolin (Manis javanica) in Khlong Nakha Wildlife Sanctuary, Southern Thailand.   …  

20 Feb 2016 | News story

A glimpse of the Sundarban Exposure Visit

Tiger and elephant response teams share experiences on human-wildlife conflict

Elephants are crucial to the maintenance of biodiversity and ecological integrity of Bangladesh. In the last two centuries,  the population of wild elephants has declined drastically due to habitat fragmentation and destruction caused by the expansion of agriculture and human settlement.The growing pressure on elephant habitats and movement corridors has resulted in human-elephant conflict.  To tackle this issue, IUCN is working with government agencies, local communities and concerned stakeholders to develop elephant conservation initiatives that aims to reduce  human-elephant conflict. …  

18 Feb 2016 | News story

World Wetlands Day 2016

World Wetlands Day: Wetlands & Sustainable Livelihoods

Each year, 2 February marks World Wetlands Day, to celebrate our planet’s wetlands but also to draw attention to the challenges that their degradation brings. …  

02 Feb 2016 | News story

Sunda Pangolin, 2015A-075, ZSL, Pangolin Conservation Initiative, dan challender, SOS Save Our Species

Saving the World's most illegally traded wild mammal

Pangolins are the most heavily poached and trafficked mammals on the planet. Until recently, most people didn’t even know they existed. Earlier this year, a major new conservation initiative was launched to raise awareness of pangolins and address the key threats to their survival. …  

23 Jan 2016 | News story

Experts recommend safe zones for vultures due to very low population

Baanhn Beli and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, organized a workshop inviting stakeholders to put together a national vulture conservation strategy to arrest the years of decline in the species population across Pakistan. …  

18 Jan 2016 | News story

A workshop was held in Dhaka to celebrate the 30 years of Bangladesh Bird Census.

IUCN carousal the 30 years celebration of Bangladesh Bird Census

IUCN celebrated 30 years of Bangladesh Bird Census which was mainly started by a few number of volunteers. 30 years back, Bangladesh Bird Club started with a handful of volunteers and today it is celebrating the 30 years celebration of the census. Bangladesh Bird Census cover more areas easily and the bird counts can be done more efficiently during the census period. …  

18 Jan 2016 | News story

Administrative and wildlife managers came together in a workshop in Chittagong to discuss elephant conservation in the wild

Administrators and wildlife managers urge to take actions to minimize human-elephant conflicts in Bangladesh

 Administrators and wildlife managers emphasized elephant conservation as a major development agenda by implementing the Bangladesh Elephant Action Plan for awareness building on elephant conservation and for managing human-elephant conflicts.  | French

14 Jan 2016 | News story

JUrgen Freund, SOS Save Our Species, Terre Sauvage, Nature Image Awards

Jurgen Freund wins IUCN Bourse for Terre Sauvage Nature Image Awards 2015

Ever seen anything cuter than a bunch of bats wrapped up like babies ready for nap-time at a bat hospital? Thanks to Terre Sauvage IUCN Bourse prize winner, Jurgen Freund, you can - via the wildlife and nature magazine's January edition which showcases the winners of its Nature Image Awards (NIA) 2015. …  

12 Jan 2016 | News story

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