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July 7, 2016. Life / The IUCN Red List

Save Our Species (SOS)

In just four years, SOS has supported eighty-nine projects, all of them aided by The IUCN Red List

Jane Smart, Craig Hilton Taylor, Russell A. Mittermeier

Save Our Species (SOS) began in 2010 as a joint initiative of the IUCN, the Global Environment Facility and the World Bank.  Its objective has been to ensure the long-term survival of threatened species, their habitats, and the people and ecosystems that depend on them.  SOS funds work that protects hundreds of species in the Americas, Africa and Asia.

Some achievements since SOS began operations are:

  • The ongoing reintroduction of the critically endangered California condor to the Sierra San Pedro de Martir in Baja California, Mexico, from three chicks born in the wild to birds reared in captivity and later released.
  • In Kenya, the birth of seven critically endangered hirola antelope, represented a significant boost to the population of this unique African species.
  • The global population of the critically endangered spoon-billed sandpiper, increased through an innovative program in Chukotka, Russia, where twenty eggs hatched successfully.
  • The successful deployment of the SMART (Spacial Monitoring and Reporting Tool) software application has enhanced protection of about 80 percent of the wild tiger breeding population in Southeast Asia.

Each year the SOS impact grows. Not only does SOS deliver, but every success story inspires greater numbers of people to work together on a mission that protects wildlife and our own lives.


This is an excerpt from the CEMEX Conservation Series THE IUCN RED LIST (2014)


The IUCN Red List

50 Years of Conservation

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