Each year SOS compiles a list of the top stories published on the website. This year these news stories from 2017 illustrate the breadth and diversity of the portfolio to date while highlighting the importance of communications itself to conservation.
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.