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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-049-009, Chimbo Boé landscape in the rainy season, SOS SAve OUr Species, Stichting Chimbo, Boé Region, Guinea-Bissau
    Bush fire management in the Boé
    In a region such as the Boé, Guinea Bissau, effective fire management is critical to maintaining a balance between local wildlife and farming community needs, according to Tedros Medhin, project coord...
  • 13A-060-006, Cocoa truck hidding ivory tusk, Djoum, Cameroon, (C) Oliver Fankem_ZSL, SOS Save Our SPecies,
    Exposing illegal trade in elephant tusks
    Following a seizure of ivory, a suspected illegal trader has been sentenced to imprisonment. Paul de Ornellas of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a grantee with IUCN’s SOS initiative, explains ...
  • 13A-050-018 Ant-poaching banner being shown at football cup,  (c) WCS@PFCI, SOS Save Our Species, Okapi, Elephant, Ituri forest
    The future of Ituri Forest's Elephants
    "It is up to you the youth of Mambasa. The future of the elephants is in your hands!” Throwing down his challenge to the next generation, the Administrator of the Mambasa Territory in the Ituri Fores...
  • 15A-077-002A Indri indri 2_credit Nannye Randriamanantsaina, SOS Save Our Species, SOS lemurs
    Getting Started with Mangabe’s Youth for Lemurs Initiative
    Tapping into young people’s energy is key to shifting from conflict to coexistence, according to Julie Hanta Razafimanahaka.  
  • 13A-050-011, SOS Save Our Species, WCS, Okapi Faunal reserve
    Getting SMART about tackling wildlife crime on the frontline.
    With illegal wildlife trade being a core issue of the upcoming IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016, the role and value of SMART conservation software is pertinent. Marking World Wildlife Day March 3...
  • 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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