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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. 

specialist groups

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.

PROJECT NEWS
  • 12A-028-041, WCS, Gabon, Atlantic Humpback Dolphin, SOS - Save Our Species
    On the Campaign Trail for Atlantic Humpback Dolphins
    Developing an informed and empathetic ‘constituency’ is essential for the long-term conservation of the Atlantic humpback Dolphin (Sousa teuszii). That is the conviction of SOS Grantee Tim Collins wor...
  • Saola rangers training
    Twenty-four more Saola rangers graduate from Wildlife Enforcement Training Course
    Protecting species and enforcing the law in countries where the capacity of government agencies is often limited, means that funding to assist local government to respond to this capacity need is crit...
  • Kipunji monkey
    How vuvuzelas are helping foster coexistence between Kipunji monkeys and Tanzanian farmers
    The poor, Critically Endangered Kipunji (Rungwecebus kipunji). So new to science, so close to extinction. And now, conservationists are encouraging locals to blast these monkeys with vuvuzelas!
  • Rhino Protection Unit
    Rhino Protection Unit – the frontline protecting Sumatran Rhinos
    Fewer than 100 Sumatran Rhinos (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) are believed to survive on the island of Sumatra. Adult rhinoceros have no real predators in the wild, other than humans. But poaching remains...
  • Tree Kangaroo
    SOS at World Parks Congress
    It’s late Monday evening at the World Parks Congress and there is a party booming outside on the lawn. Despite the late hour, upstairs in Hall 2, Pod North is crammed with people. Organised by SOS – S...
  • Pygmy Hippo, EDGE, ZSL
    Pygmy Hippo
  • SOS, Snow leopard, SLT, Pakistan, 2011A-013, 11A-13-01B
    Mother and cub Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia)
  • SOS, PRCF, Vietnam, François Langur, 2011A-020, 11A-20-01B
    Adult Francois' Langur
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