This short film gives an overview of what SOS does and the multiple benefits to communities and habitats of a species approach to nature conservation:



Turning Conservation Knowledge into Action with Impact

SOS - Save Our Species channels funds from donors to existing frontline conservation actors working to protect from extinction some of the world's most threatened species of plants and animals.


In parallel SOS comunicates about the successes, sharing stories and learnings with key stakeholders and the general public.


SOS does this because saving species is a universal cause. Nature is made up of species and nature is our life support system. Thus SOS communications aim to educate and inspire support for this cause.


In so doing, SOS represents one key step in the journey toward saving a species. That process begins with knowledge generated by scientists worldwide and registered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. It culminates in SOS identifying and selecting projects while overseeing their implementation to ensure conservation goals are achieved.


In between those steps, SOS harnesses the power of the largest network of species experts in the world - the IUCN Species Survival Commission to evaluate project applications on a voluntary basis. It also works closely with its partners to develop the initiative according to strategic priorities.


This makes for effective unbiased quality control and allows SOS to optimise conservation return on investment.




  • 11A-12-02 Itombwe Forest, SOS Save Our Species, WCS, DRC, Protected Areas
    One of Africa's Most Biodiverse Regions Protected
    The Itombwe Reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), one of Africa’s most biodiverse sites, had its boundaries formally approved yesterday by the Provincial Governor – a critical step in est...
  • 15A-085-001, Getting the radio station started, credit Emma Browne, SOS Save Our Species,
    It had to be a radio series. Working to promote lemur conservation education around Ranomafana National Park, SOS Grantee Katherine Kling of Stony Brook University, needed a way to reach a wide audien...
  • 11A-22-81, Slimbridge spoonie, SOS Save Our Species, WWT, Headstarting
    Eggs mean fresh hope for spoon-billed sandpipers
    One of the world’s rarest birds has a new hope: it has just started laying eggs in captivity for the first time according to a press release from previous SOS grantee and IUCN Member, Wildfowl and Wet...
  • 12A_39_04 LopezGallego, SOS SAve OUr Species, Cycads, UdeA, Forest Fragments Cycad Habitat
    Pioneering Cycad Conservation in Colombia
    As the saying goes “plans are nothing, planning is everything”. For Cristina Lopez Gallego, a series of fortunate events forced her to modify her plans for saving three species of Critically Endangere...
  • 15B-011-012, Jandayan Island, Bohol, Philippines with Handumon marine protected area in the foreground, (C) Dr. Amanda Vincent Project Seahorse, SOS Save Our Species
    New collaborative action on Philippines seahorse trade
    The Philippines government now has a plan to move toward sustainable seahorse fisheries and trade, thanks to a successful consultative forum held in March in Cebu, according to Dr. Sarah Foster, Progr...
Did You Know: SOS has disbursed almost $10 million in grants over 5 years supporting 100 projects implemented by 60 NGOs and hundreds of people in 50 countries protecting 250 threatened species from extinction.
SOS - Save Our Species
>> A global coalition to conserve threatened species and their habitats