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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
  • 2012A-45-001 A _credit Ujung Kulon NP and WWF Indonesia _Javan Rhino, IRF, SOS Save OUr Species
    Flagship species: how protecting rhinos can help other threatened wildlife
    Marking World Rhino Day, SOS Grantee Bill Konstant, International Rhino Foundation writes this thought provoking article on the role of rhinos as flagship species for conservation.  
  • 11A-004-028 Markhor in Tree WCS Pakistan, SOS Save OUr Species
    Cultural Cooperation and Markhor Conservation in Gilgit-Baltistan
    In some ways conservation of the Endangered Markhor (Capra falconeri) in northern Pakistan is complicated by geography according to SOS Grantee Mayoor Khan, Progamme Manager with WCS Pakistan. Tapping...
  • Vaquita, WWF, Mexico
    Between a gill net and a hard place: more pressure on Vaquita
    The world’s smallest cetacean, the Critically Endangered Vaquita (Phocoena sinus), is facing its most daunting challenge yet. Despite decades of conservation work to protect this porpoise in its limit...
  • 11A-14-06, Kae Kawanishi MYCAT, SOS Save Our Species, MYCAT, Tigers
    World Tiger Day - New hope despite the numbers?
    It is a curious thing that there are more tigers in captivity than in the wild right now as we mark World Tiger Day. According to estimates as few as 3000 roam the wilds of the 13 tiger range countrie...
  • SOS Save Our Species, WCS, Cross river gorilla
    Cross River Gorillas and Camera Traps: the value of video technology
    Following the news in March 2014 about the launch of a new species action plan for the Critically Endangered Cross River Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli), SOS Grantee and IUCN Member, Wildlife Conserv...
  • 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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