CHARISMATIC AND HIGHLY VALUABLE
Mammals include some of the most charismatic animals such as cats, primates, and hippos and, as shown by ancient cave paintings, always had a great cultural significance. They also play a vital role in ecosystem health, in addition to being an important source of food for many human populations.
THREATENED WITH EXTINCTION
Of about 5,500 mammal species 25% are at risk of extinction and 156 are moving closer to extinction according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Major threats include agricultural expansion, logging, over-exploitation, poaching, climate change and invasive alien species.
The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) is a science-based network of some 7,500 volunteer experts from almost every country of the world, all working together towards achieving the vision of, “A world that values and conserves present levels of biodiversity."
Most members are deployed in more than 100 Specialist Groups and Task Forces. Some groups address conservation issues related to particular groups of plants or animals while others focus on topical issues, such as reintroduction of species into former habitats or wildlife health.
SOS mammal projects benefit from the species expertise of 34 dedicated IUCN Mammal Specialist Groups, ranging from the Cat Specialist Group to Primate and Hippo Specialist Groups.