Species

Diver in Marae Moana (Cook Islands Marine Park)

Future challenges for large marine protected areas in the Pacific highlighted at World Parks Congress

As the Pacific Islands region continues to lead the way in creating large marine protected areas, the World Parks Congress has delivered a wake-up call to the rest of the world that the Pacific will require help to manage these massive areas of global importance. …  

07 Dec 2014 | News story

Rosewood poaching

Terre Sauvage Exclusive: Saving Thailand's Blood Wood

Highly prized for making reproduction Chinese furniture, Siamese Rosewood (Dalbergia cochinchinensis) is being poached to extinction in the eastern forests of Thailand. Heavily armed gangs of poachers are invading the forests, where poorly armed, under-resourced rangers are fighting a battle to protect the few trees that remain.  

04 Dec 2014 | News story

Widodo Ramono receives Packard Award

Widodo Ramono receives IUCN/WCPA Fred M. Packard Award

SOS congratulates Mr. Widodo Ramono for receiving the IUCN/WCPA Fred M. Packard Award for his long dedication and inspirational leadership in preventing Sumatran and Javan rhinos from extinction 

02 Dec 2014 | News story

Here Today - an international contemporary art exhibition championing the 50th anniversary of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Major art exhibition supports IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

An inspirational art show celebrating 50 years of the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM has opened in London this week. The threatened species-themed exhibit entitled Here Today includes interactive installations and rooms, and features the works of renowned artists such as George Condo, Tracey Emin, Andy Warhol, Gavin Turk, Peter Blake, United Visual Artists, Douglas Gordon, Stephanie Quayle, Gordon Cheung, Oswaldo Macia, Julian Opie, Mariko Mori, Carsten Höller, and Diana Thater. …  

28 Nov 2014 | News story

Mediterranean Monk

Best breeding season yet for Mediterranean Monk Seal colony

Mercedes Muñoz Cañas, Project Technician with SOS Grantee CBD-Habitat, an IUCN Member, shares encouraging news from the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) sanctuary at Cabo Blanco, Mauritania. …  

27 Nov 2014 | News story

Darshan the Imperial Eagle soars towards London's Tower Bridge

Eagle soars over London to launch art exhibit supporting threatened species

This week, an Eastern Imperial Eagle named Darshan flew over London’s Tower Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the Olympic Park with a Sony Action Cam strapped to its back to promote the opening of the Here Today art exhibition in support of the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. …  

20 Nov 2014 | News story

Ziyuan Fir discovery

Ziyuan Fir discovery brings new hope for one of China’s most threatened trees

Twenty-one Ziyuan Fir (Abies ziyuanensis) trees have been discovered after eight months of intensive fieldwork in Yinzhulaoshan Provincial Nature Reserve (NR), Guangxi, China according to David Gill from SOS Grantee and IUCN Member, FFI (Fauna and Flora International). SOS funded this Abies species conservation project in January this year. …  

18 Nov 2014 | News story

SOS, Siamese Rosewood

Behind the frontlines: Interagency cooperation supporting rangers' work in Thailand

Updating SOS on project developments from an emergency funding grant for work in Thap Lan National Park, Thailand, Eric Ash of Freeland Foundation, an IUCN Member, is succinct. “While it is critical to support front-line rangers and other park-based stakeholders first and foremost, reducing rosewood poaching requires considerable enforcement efforts at all levels, from the forest, through trafficking routes, and in end-markets” he explains. …  

15 Nov 2014 | News story

Coral reef survey

'Game-changing visual record' of Great Barrier Reef published

IUCN World Parks Congress, Sydney, November 14 2014 - The Catlin Seaview Survey, in which IUCN is a partner, announced today that a complete visual and data record from its expeditions along the Great Barrier Reef is now available to anyone to use through the Catlin Global Reef Record. …  

14 Nov 2014 | News story

An inlet on Lake Skadar, Albania and Montenegro. This large Mediterranean lake and its associated catchment is a freshwater Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) supporting at least 24 species of threatened or restricted range freshwater species

IUCN identifies threatened freshwater biodiversity sites in the Mediterranean

Out of the 167 freshwater Key Biodiversity Areas identified, mapped and validated throughout the Mediterranean region, 75 percent were found outside the boundaries of any pre-existing protected areas or other KBAs, according to the main results of an IUCN assessment revealed today at the IUCN World Parks Congress taking place in Sydney, Australia.  | French | Spanish

14 Nov 2014 | News story


This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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