• SSC Chairs' Meeting group, Al Ain, UAE Photo: Jean-Christophe Vié

    SSC Chairs’ Meeting, 11-14 February, Al Ain - a resounding success


    The first-ever meeting of the SSC Specialist Group Chairs took place 11-14 February 2008 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates and was generously sponsored by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi.

  • Striped frog. Tavi, Portugal Photo: IUCN/Sue Mainka

    Taking a Leap Forward to save frogs from extinction


    A global amphibian assessment set the alarm-bells, indicating that amphibian species are being lost and perhaps even before they are being discovered! The assessment revealed that 30 percent of around 6,000 amphibians are threatened with extinction. Sri Lanka...

  • A radiated tortoise skirting the precipice brink above the Indian Ocean at Cap Ste. Marie in southern Madagascar. Photo: Anders G.J. Rhodin, M.D.

    Madagascar Turtle Vision


    More than 80 conservation specialists from Madagascar and 12 other countries met in Antananarivo, Madagascar, from January 14-17, 2008 to carry out an IUCN Red List assessment of the conservation status of Madagascar’s turtles and tortoises 

  • Holly Dublin, Chair of the SSC, presenting Dr Russell Mittermeier with the Sir Peter Scott Award for Conservation Merit Photo: Jean-Christophe Vié

    Sir Peter Scott Award Presented to Dr Russ Mittermeier


    Holly Dublin, Chair of the SSC, presented Dr Russell Mittermeier with the Sir Peter Scott Award for Conservation Merit at the recent meeting of the SSC Specialist Group Chairs in Al Ain, UAE.

  • Sumatran Tiger with visible snare wounds,
Medan Zoo, North Sumatra, Indonesia Photo: Chris R. Shepherd/TRAFFIC Southeast Asia

    Body part by body part, Sumatran Tigers are being sold into extinction


    Laws protecting the critically endangered Sumatran Tiger have failed to prevent tiger body parts being offered on open sale in Indonesia, according to a TRAFFIC report launched today.

  • Winners of the Golden Ark Award 2008 announced


    Patricia Medici, Chair of the IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group (TSG) and Charudutt Mishra, a member of the IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group are two of the three winners to be awarded the Golden Ark Award in 2008.

  • Dr Nicolaas Jan van Strien (April 1, 1946-February 7, 2008) Photo: Inov
  • To Bee, or Not to Bee…


    The plight of pollinators is causing worldwide concern. Not only are population numbers of many formerly abundant species dwindling, some species are disappearing altogether.

  • Dr Galen Rathbun holding the newly discovered Rhynochocyon udzungwensis, a type of giant elephant shrew, or sengi Photo: David Ribble

    Discovery: First New Species Of Giant Elephant-Shrew In 126 Years


    Dr. Galen Rathbun, Chair of the IUCN/SSC Afrotheria Specialist Group, and a team of collaborators confirmed the existence of a new species, Rhynochocyon udzungwensis, a type of giant elephant shrew, or sengi, in the mountains of Tanzania.

  • Jean-Christophe Vié Photo: TBC

    Le jour où l’abeille disparaîtra… » by Jean Christophe Vié


    The title of this book by Jean-Christophe Vié reminds us that the survival of humanity is dependant upon all living organisms.


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