Ancient Lineage

Cycads were a dominant part of the earth’s flora during the age of the dinosaurs and many species were common even in more recent times.


Many species however are threatened by habitat destruction and plant collecting, and more than half the known species are now classified as threatened.


The IUCN Species Survival Commission's Cycad Specialist Group has published a Conservation Strategy to address key threats for 297 species and sub-species of cycads. 


This publication is meant to be a working document, and provides an overview of all the cycads and the threats to their survival, as well as a set of objectives and actions to reduce these threats.

SOS Cycad Conservation Finance

SOS began supporting Cycad conservation in 2012 when it selected projects for funding in South Africa and Central America. To date the SOS portfolio includes projects in Belize, Colombia, Mexico, South Africa and Uganda

  • 2013A-071, PROTOS, SOS Save Our Species, Encephalartos whitelockii, 13A-071-027
    Important progress on cycad conservation in Mpanga Falls, Uganda
    The project team working to save the Critically Endangered endemic cycad (Encephalartos whitelockii) has reported on two more important developments in their work in the Mpanga Falls region of Western...
  • 2012A-026, EWT; Cycads, Adam Pires
    SOS Grantee claims South Africa's Prestigious Kudu Award for Conservation
    SOS is delighted to share news of another SOS grantee being recognised for their contribution to conservation action. This time it was the turn of the Endangered Wildlife Trust's (EWT) Skills Developm...
  • SOS, Sinkhole Cycad
    Sinkhole Cycad Conservation Project Featured in Leading Botanical Journal
    The Sinkhole Cycad project made an important scientific finding – botanic garden conservation collections can help support cycad survival.  
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