Species

Dendrobates pumilio of Costa Rica.

Amphibian Global Action Team needed to avert an extinction catastrophe

The formation of an Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA), to coordinate global conservation plans for amphibians in the face of a massive extinction catastrophe has been called for by a group of the world’s foremost amphibian experts, in the latest edition of the journal Science. …  

01 Sep 2006 | News story

Dr. Edward Moll holding a snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentine)

The Behler Award for Freshwater Turtle Conservation

Dr Edward O. Moll, a life-long turtle researcher and conservationist, is the first recipient of the Behler Award, a new and major annual award jointly presented by the IUCN Turtle Survival Alliance and IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, to honour leadership and excellence in the field of turtle and tortoise conservation. …  

31 Aug 2006 | News story

Rod East of the Antelope Specialist Group.

A tribute to Rod East - One of SSC's greatest antelope conservationists

Considered by many to have made the highest quality voluntary contribution to the work of the Species Survival Commission of anyone over the past 20 years, Rod East’s recent passing is a particularly poignant loss to the Commission and the wider conservation community. …  

25 Aug 2006 | News story

Less than 300 Przewalski's gazelles (Procapra przewalskii) have to compete with over 3 million livestock and the dangers of numerous fences.

Fencing Spells Disaster for the Last of China's Przewalski's Gazelles

China’s only endemic antelope, the Przewalski’s gazelle Procapra przewalskii, is in imminent peril as less than 300 animals remain... …  

24 Jul 2006 | News story

Humphread wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus), a highly prized food fish. Over-fishing is having a serious impact on many populations.

SSC Playing a Key Role in the Conservation of a Coral Reef Giant

The IUCN Groupers & Wrasses Specialist Group is playing a central role in the development of a sustainable management plan for the Humphead wrasse Cheilinus undulatus fishery. …  

14 Jul 2006 | News story

Black rhino (Diceros bicornis)

Mixed fortunes for Africa’s rhinos

New surveys depict extremely grim future for two of Africa's six rhino sub-species: the West African black and the northern white, while overall continental black rhino and southern white rhino are recovering.. …  

07 Jul 2006 | News story

Orange-footed Scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt)

Lape Forever - The sustainable use of Melanesian megapode eggs

This article, by Ross Sinclair of the SSC Megapode Specialist Group first appeared in issue 37 of Species, the SSC newsletter. …  

30 Jun 2006 | News story

Robin Sharp of the Sustainable Use Specialist Group.

Species Survival Commission Conservation Awards for 2006

The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) is an exceptional network of experts who make their time and considerable talents available through more than 100 Specialist Groups and Task Forces. …  

19 Jun 2006 | News story

Weeding an entire island to protect a globally important coastal ebony forest

The beautiful Mauritian island of Ile aux Aigrettes is only 26ha and lies just 850m offshore. Its proximity to shore leaves it particularly vulnerable to invasive plant species that threaten its coastal ebony forest, the last remnants of which are found on Ile aux Aigrettes. …  

07 Jun 2006 | News story

Bowhead whale in Greenland. The blow (or spout) of a bowhead can reach 7m in height.

Bowhead whale population re-surfaces in the Arctic

Scientists recently spotted several bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus) near Svalbard where they have only been spotted a few times in the last several decades. …  

16 May 2006 | 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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