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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-46-10, Way Kambas RPU Sujoko discovers large mammal snare YABI 024543,
    The Sumatran Rhino: Another 200 years? It's your call!
    Have you ever seen a Sumatran Rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis)? It is often said, we protect what we know and love, so SOS thought to share a short video of this unique, charismatic and Critically End...
  • 12A_48_06, Large mesh size Gillnet fishing boat at the Bengal coast, by Rubaiyat Mansur WCS, SOS - Save Our Species
    SOS Marine: Collaboration key to saving Bangladesh’s cetaceans from gillnets
    The lives of Bangladesh's fishermen and its coastal cetaceans are intertwined. Regarded as their brethren at sea, fishermen often lament the death of these top predators through entanglement in gillne...
  • 12A_29_34, WCS, Illegal trawler greeted at anchorage, SOS Save Our Species
    Enforcement paying off for the Atlantic humpback dolphin of Western Africa
    Like many threatened species, the Vulnerable Atlantic humpback dolphin (Sousa teuszii) is under pressure from anthropogenic activities. Industrial and commercial scale fishing forces locally-based art...
  • 2012A-45-05, Bill K and UKNP RPUs 071012 Inov 267, SOS Save Our Species,
    Javan Rhinos: Rangers protect the unseen
    Like the semi-mystical Saola, the Critically Endangered Javan Rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus) is rarely seen. That does not dishearten the 16 members of Java's 4-man Rhino Protection Units (RPUs), howeve...
  • 12A-038-010 WCS Lao PDR IEWMP, A collection of snares from a single foot patrol in Phou Sithone ESCA, SOS - SAVE OUR SPECIES
    More good news for Saola as rangers collect over 7,800 snares
    How do you protect what you never see and of which we know so little? According to SOS Grantee and IUCN Member, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Alex McWilliam, Deputy Director of the WCS Lao...
  • 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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