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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
  • 13A-060-008, Forest officer swearing in ceremony, 02 Oliver Fankem, ZSL, SOS Save OUr Species,
    Set up to win: equipping eco-guards in the Dja reserve correctly
    Ensuring ecoguards are legally empowered to enforce the law is as important as having the hardware to patrol against wildlife crime. Following the SMART conservation software approach, ZSL’s work in t...
  • SOS, Pygmy Hog
    Release of 100th Pygmy Hog marks conservation milestone in Assam, India
    The continued success of the Pygmy Hog Conservation Programme (PHCP) implemented by SOS grantee EcoSystems India spells hope for this, the world’s rarest and smallest wild pig. "The release of six add...
  • 15A-075-019, Boy holding Sunda pangolin, ZSL Thailand CROPPED, SOS Save Our Species,
    A boy, a pangolin and a story of survival
    In April 2016, Aroon Sukjitdee, a Community Outreach Project Manager for IUCN Member and SOS project implementer the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), received a phone call from a local villager in ...
  • 13A-060-016, South BDR patrol team_Team defining direction to a target point_SMART Patrol_Stephane smiling, Oliver Fankem_ZSL, SOS Save Our Species
    A day in the life of an eco-guard in Cameroon
    Daily challenges abound for Stéphane Marel Madjaye, one of the dedicated guards who protect the forest elephants, western lowland gorillas, pangolins and other wildlife in the Dja Biosphere Reserve fr...
  • SOS save Our species, Karau Kuna, Whitley Award,
    Tree Kangaroo conservationist wins prestigious Whitley Award
    In April 2016, Karau Kuna was one of two SOS Grantees who won the renowned Whitley Fund for Nature's Whitley Awards. Acknowledged for his passionate work strengthening biodiversity protection in the Y...
  • 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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