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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
  • SOS Save Our Species, West African Manatee, Lucy Diagne
    Manatee hunters turned fish-keepers
    The West African Manatee (Trichechus senegalensis) is the least studied mammal in Africa despite having a range larger than the United States: encompassing 21 African countries. At the same time, it f...
  • SOS Save Our Species, WCS, Cross river gorilla
    World’s Rarest Gorilla Gets New Roadmap for Survival
    In spite of the continued threats of poaching and habitat destruction, future prospects for the world’s rarest gorilla - the Cross River Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla dielhi) - have improved but are still ...
  • SOS, Snow Leopard
    Learning to live with Snow Leopards
    In the shadow of the majestic Himalayas on the “roof of the world”, SOS - Save Our Species is championing the conservation of the equally majestic Snow Leopard. SOS grantees the Snow Leopard Trust and...
  • Tiger photographed by camera-trap in Thailand
    Protecting our wild inheritance
    SOS founding partner, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) featured an article on SOS to mark World Wildlife Day, March 3 2014. Focusing on the extensive and varied work of SOS grantee projects to ad...
  • SOS, Irrawaddy dolphin
    Cambodian government shows commitment to dolphin protection by burning confiscated gillnets
    The Cambodian Fisheries Administration (FiA) destroyed nearly 60,000 metres of confiscated gillnets in two gillnet burning ceremonies held on 6 and 7 February 2014. This was a clear demonstration of t...
  • 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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