Species

2012A-45-05, Unité de protection des rhinocéros et Bill Konstant,, IRF, SOS, Bill Konstant, Rhinocéros

Des rhinocéros bien cachés

À l’instar du saola, animal quasi mythique, le rhinocéros de Java (Rhinoceros sondaicus) en danger critique d’extinction est rarement aperçu. Cela ne décourage pas pour autant les 16 membres des quatre unités de protection des rhinocéros (UPR). Parcourant chaque année des centaines de kilomètres à pied dans la densité de la jungle du Parc national d’Ujung Kulon (PNUK), ces équipes parviennent avec succès à protéger cet animal unique contre les braconniers. Pas un seul n’a été tué au cours de ce siècle. Bill Konstant, de l’IRF (Fondation internationale de protection du rhinocéros), et bénéficiaire de SOS, relate à quel point ces animaux sont difficiles à apercevoir.   …  

27 Jun 2014 | News story

2012A-45-05, Bill K and UKNP RPUs 071012 Inov 267, SOS Save Our Species,

Javan Rhinos: Rangers protect the unseen

Like the semi-mystical Saola, the Critically Endangered Javan Rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus) is rarely seen. That does not dishearten the 16 members of Java's 4-man Rhino Protection Units (RPUs), however. Trekking hundreds of kilometers through the dense jungle of Ujung Kulon National Park (UKNP) each year, these teams are successfully protecting this unique creature from poachers – not one has been killed this century. SOS grantee, the International Rhino Foundation’s (IRF) Bill Konstant details just how elusive these creatures are.   …  

27 Jun 2014 | News story

11A-019-006A, Aerial view Caub Island, Katala Foundation, SOS - Save Our Species

Philippine Cockatoo Re-introductions Back on Track

SOS Grantee Katala Foundation’s Peter Widman shares a short update from the Philippines on continued work to re-introduce the Critically Endangered Philippine Cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropygia) in the wake of unforeseen events concerning the proposed development of a coal fired power plant directly in the birds’ flight path.     …  

26 Jun 2014 | News story

12A-038-010 WCS Lao PDR IEWMP, A collection of snares from a single foot patrol in Phou Sithone ESCA, SOS - SAVE OUR SPECIES

More good news for Saola as rangers collect over 7,800 snares

How do you protect what you never see and of which we know so little? According to SOS Grantee and IUCN Member, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Alex McWilliam, Deputy Director of the WCS Lao PDR Programme, by far the greatest immediate threat to the survival of the Saola throughout its range is unregulated illegal hunting mainly by way of tens of thousands of snares. He and his project team removed more than 7,800 wire snares from Phou Sithone Endangered Species Conservation Area (ESCA) in Lao PDR between October 2012 and March 2014.   …  

25 Jun 2014 | News story

Wheat growing in India

Systemic pesticides pose global threat to biodiversity and ecosystem services

The conclusions of a new meta-analysis of the systemic pesticides neonicotinoids and fipronil confirm that they are causing significant damage to a wide range of beneficial invertebrate species and are a key factor in the decline of bees. …  

24 Jun 2014 | News story

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

Gorilla in Virunga National Park

IUCN welcomes emphatic ‘no’ to extractives in World Heritage

Following IUCN’s advice, the World Heritage Committee has sent a strong message to oil and gas and other extractive industries not to operate in World Heritage sites. The message came during discussions about World Heritage sites in Danger, including Africa’s iconic Virunga National Park, at the annual World Heritage Committee meeting taking place in Doha, Qatar. …   | French | Dutch

19 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

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

Largetooth Sawfish (Pristis pristis) in an aquarium

Shark specialists prioritize recovery of world’s largest, most threatened Rays

The Shark Specialist Group (SSG) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has released a global strategy to prevent extinction and promote recovery of sawfishes, which have been devastated worldwide by overfishing and habitat loss. The strategy is being launched at the Sharks International conference in Durban and coincides with announcements that two West Africa countries -- Guinea and Guinea Bissau -- are proposing the listing of sawfishes under the Convention on Migratory Species in November, which could significantly boost protections. …  

05 Jun 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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