Top Ten SOS News Stories of 2017


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.

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The list represents numerous taxonomic groups and includes articles from current as well as previous grantees. With projects addressing extinction pressures in a variety of innovative and tested ways, this list presents a snapshot of progress or success across a selection of projects each lasting 1-2 years. Clicking through on the read more links we hope you enjoy revisiting and sharing these stories with your colleagues, friends and family.


1. The Blue-eyed Black Lemur of Sahamalaza-Iles Radama National Park - August

When a fire spread into Anabohazo forest in Sahamalaza-Iles Radama National Park (SIRNP) in north-western Madagascar in late 2016 forest guides ran to alert their village communities. Read more >>


2.  Saving the Spoon-billed Sandpiper – the little bird on a big journey - May
With a goal of increasing the population to 300 pairs by 2025, there are already good signs numbers of Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper (Calidris pygmaea) are approaching stabilisation. Read more >>


3.  A second phase of funding for SOS lemurs starting later this year - June
With the recent approval of a further 20 lemur conservation projects, IUCN’s SOS announced the SOS Lemurs initiative has now grown to 30 projects in total. Read more >>


4. Two more IUCN grantees Recognised at the Whitley Awards 2017 - May
Two more IUCN grantees have been recognised for their innovative leadership in protecting threatened species by the Whitley Fund for Nature in 2017. Read more >>


5. High hopes for the mountain tigers of Bhutan - August
Despite over four decades of global conservation efforts, tigers (Panthera tigris) remain Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ writes Tashi Dhendup, of Bhutan. Read more >>


6. A day in the life of a conservation photographer – February
Just how much action can one pack into a single day? Nathalie Houdin and Denis Palanque share a day in their lives in this short film. Read more >>


7. Save Our Cedars – developments for Malawi’s National Tree -June
What happened to the Critically Endangered Mount Mulanje Cedar following the completion of a project funded by IUCN’s SOS - Save Our Species? Read more >>


8. Tree Kangaroo-friendly coffee is helping mainstream biodiversity - April
In this busy modern world with its growing human population, how do you make the case for nature? Part of the answer lies in sharing inspiring but practical examples. Read more >>


9. On World Wildlife Day Madagascar’s Youth Speak Up For Lemurs – March
The futures of Madagascar's youth and its lemurs are intertwined. This shorthand multimedia story illustrates just how important it is that Madagascar’s youth speak up for lemurs. Read more >>


10. Breeding Earth's most threatened bivalve - Margaritafera Marocana -  October

How do you save a Critically Endangered river mussel species from extinction when a dam upstream and increased human disturbance in the vicinity is threatening its only known home? Read more >>


These news stories concern just some of more than 250 threatened species supported by more than 130 projects in the SOS portfolio. Each project offers a wealth of practical lessons and insights into conservation action, collectively covering numerous taxonomic groups and challenges. Explore the SOS project pages and sign up for the SOS newsletter to keep up to date on further news from our grantees.

With this in mind, we will continue working to reach and engage more minds with the message that conservation works and invite you to help us reaching your networks by sharing SOS news on social media in 2018. 


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