This December, Mexican veterinarian turned full-time wildlife photographer Alejandro Prieto was awarded the IUCN Bourse at the Terre Sauvage Nature Image Awards 2017. His work documenting Mexico’s jaguars (Panthera onca) demonstrated technical expertise in showcasing this culturally important Near Threatened species.
On the Island of Negros, one of the main Islands in the Philippines, we find a rare and fascinating bat: The Endangered Golden-crowned Flying Fox. Winner of the Terre Sauvage Nature Image Awards IUCN Bourse 2016 Jűrgen Freund, went to investigate.
Conservationist Tony Whitten, who was the Founding Chair of the IUCN SSC Specialist Group on cave invertebrates, was tragically killed in a cycling accident on November 29 2017. In 2015, SOS supported Dr. Whitten's work to help protect the Critically Endangered Giri Putri crabs of Bali with a rapid action grant. And so we wish to share this tribute from his friend and colleague, and member of the IUCN Species Survival Commision (SSC) Steering Committee, Elizabeth Bennett who reflects on Tony's colourful life and extraordinary contributions to global conservation.
The number of lemur species to appear in the 2016-2018 edition of Primates in Peril: The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates has doubled to six, a testament to just how precarious the survival prospects are for many of Madagascar’s endemic primates.
Species of wild rice, wheat and yam are threatened by overly intensive agricultural production and urban expansion, whilst poor fishing practices have caused steep declines in the Irrawaddy Dolphin and Finless Porpoise, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Today’s Red List update also reveals that a drying climate is pushing the Ringtail Possum to the brink of extinction.