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Feb 1

We’ve asked conservation organisations around the world to nominate a species that they believe to be overlooked, underappreciated and unloved, and tell us why they think that they deserve a fair share of the limelight, this Valentine’s Day.

Each nominee’s story is featured on the Arkive blog with information on the species, what makes them so special, the conservation organisation that nominated them and how they are working to save them from extinction.

Click the ‘unloved species’ tag above to see all of the nominations and their blogs.

Once you have perused the blogs you can vote for your favourite to help get them into the top ten unloved species and get them the recognition that they truly deserve! Share your favourite with others using the #LoveSpecies hashtag on Twitter and Facebook and tell them why they should vote for them too. Voting closes on February 14th at 23:59 PST (07:59 GMT).

Join us and our conservation partners in celebrating and raising awareness for some of the world’s most unloved species this Valentine’s Day!

Species: Mangrove finch

Nominated by: Charles Darwin Foundation

Conservation status: Critically Endangered

Why do you love it? The mangrove finch (Camarynchus heliobates) is one of 14 species of Darwin’s finches that only live in the Galapagos Islands. It is the rarest bird in the archipelago with an estimated population of 80 individuals, inhabiting just 30 hectards at two sites on Isabela Island.

What are the threats to the mangrove finch: The main known threats to this species are the introduced parasitic fly, Philornis downsi and the introduced black rat (Rattus rattus).

What are you doing to save it? The Mangrove Finch Project is a bi-institutional project carried out by the Charles Darwin Foundation and Galapagos National Park Directorate in collaboration with San Diego Zoo Global and Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. The project is supported by Galapagos Conservation Trust, The Leona M and Harry B Helmsley Charitable Trust, and The British Embassy in Ecuador.

Find out more about the work of the Charles Darwin Foundation

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Feb 1

We’ve asked conservation organisations around the world to nominate a species that they believe to be overlooked, underappreciated and unloved, and tell us why they think that they deserve a fair share of the limelight, this Valentine’s Day.

Each nominee’s story is featured on the Arkive blog with information on the species, what makes them so special, the conservation organisation that nominated them and how they are working to save them from extinction.

Click the ‘unloved species’ tag above to see all of the nominations and their blogs.

Once you have perused the blogs you can vote for your favourite to help get them into the top ten unloved species and get them the recognition that they truly deserve! Share your favourite with others using the #LoveSpecies hashtag on Twitter and Facebook and tell them why they should vote for them too. Voting closes on February 14th at 23:59 PST (07:59 GMT).

Join us and our conservation partners in celebrating and raising awareness for some of the world’s most unloved species this Valentine’s Day!

Species: Grey-headed flying fox

Nominated by: Wildlife Land Trust

Conservation status: Vulnerable

Why do you love it? Grey-headed flying-foxes are Australia’s only endemic flying-fox and one of the largest bats in the world.  They are able to travel large distances for food making them vital for pollination and thus the reproduction, regeneration and evolution of a range of forest ecosystems.  They are also critical to the survival of a number of coastal vegetation species that are only receptive to pollination at night.  Grey-headed flying-foxes are also highly social and intelligent animals, and the often vitriolic and unwarranted treatment they receive makes it all the more important to stand up for them!

What are the threats to the grey-headed flying fox? Threats to the grey-headed flying-fox are numerous, and include habitat loss and fragmentation (particularly in urban areas), climate change (grey-headed flying-foxes are unable to tolerate very high temperatures, making them susceptible to heat stress deaths during hot periods) and shooting by orchardists for crop protection.  This latter threat is particularly disturbing due to the nature of injuries suffered, with documented instances of pregnant flying-foxes or mothers with reliant young stranded on the ground dying of starvation due to punctured wings.  Not even the dwindling remnants of flying-fox habitat are safe, with urban colonies often being subject to forced dispersals due to people not liking living next door to them – these are often conducted through methods with severe implications on animal welfare.

What are you doing to save it? The Wildlife Land Trust has been long involved with grey-headed flying fox conservation, from our nomination that led to the species being listed as nationally threatened (under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999) in 2001, to our ongoing involvement in the New South Wales Flying-fox Consultative Committee.

We were also instrumental in the establishment of a wildlife-friendly orchard netting subsidy in New South Wales which has halted licenced shooting for crop protection in the state, and continue to lobby authorities on the importance of maintaining existing camps and protecting habitat suitable for grey-headed flying-foxes at a local, state and federal level.  Our ongoing efforts are focusing on improving legal protection and management policies throughout the various jurisdictions grey-headed flying-foxes call home.

Find out more about the Wildlife Land Trust and their work

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Feb 1

We’ve asked conservation organisations around the world to nominate a species that they believe to be overlooked, underappreciated and unloved, and tell us why they think that they deserve a fair share of the limelight, this Valentine’s Day.

Each nominee’s story is featured on the Arkive blog with information on the species, what makes them so special, the conservation organisation that nominated them and how they are working to save them from extinction.

Click the ‘unloved species’ tag above to see all of the nominations and their blogs.

Once you have perused the blogs you can vote for your favourite to help get them into the top ten unloved species and get them the recognition that they truly deserve! Share your favourite with others using the #LoveSpecies hashtag on Twitter and Facebook and tell them why they should vote for them too. Voting closes on February 14th at 23:59 PST (07:59 GMT).

Join us and our conservation partners in celebrating and raising awareness for some of the world’s most unloved species this Valentine’s Day!

 

Species: Javan langur

Nominated by: Aspinall Foundation

Conservation status: Vulnerable

Why do you love it? Langurs are very family-orientated and groups stay together most of their natural lives, with little ones being looked after by the whole group.

We have looked after Javan langurs at both Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve, since 1988 and have enjoyed great breeding success with these primates.  We now return langurs (along with Javan gibbons and grizzled leaf monkeys) from the Kent parks to our Javan Primate Project in Indonesia.

At our project, they are looked after by our dedicated team, adjusted to the climate and their new surroundings, before being introduced to langurs or gibbons rescued from the illegal pet trade in Indonesia and eventually released into protected forests in order to boost the dwindling wild population.

Howletts and Port Lympne have bred langurs for the past 20 years and we have one of the largest collections of Javan langurs in the world.

What are the threats to the Javan langur? Habitat loss, the illegal pet trade and hunting are all threats to the Javan langur.

What are you doing to save it? The Aspinall Foundation’s Javan Primate Conservation Project was set up in 2009 and aims to achieve the following:

– The reduction of the illegal trade and possession of Indonesian primates by repression (facilitating confiscation of illegally held primates) and by prevention (information, awareness, education

– The rehabilitation of confiscated primates, for the conservation and individual welfare of these ‘ambassadors’ of their species

– The reintroduction of endangered primate species to sites from where they have been extirpated

– The management of these sites for the restoration and the protection of their natural resources

– The promotion of local, national and international awareness of the threats facing the primates of Java

In addition to boosting indigenous populations with captive-bred primates and those rescued and rehabilitated in the charity’s centres in West and East Java, the Aspinall Foundation along with the Indonesian government is committed to a programme of reducing the illegal hunting and trade of the species through information, education and awareness.

Find out more about the Aspinall Foundation’s overseas projects

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Feb 1

We’ve asked conservation organisations around the world to nominate a species that they believe to be overlooked, underappreciated and unloved, and tell us why they think that they deserve a fair share of the limelight, this Valentine’s Day.

Each nominee’s story is featured on the Arkive blog with information on the species, what makes them so special, the conservation organisation that nominated them and how they are working to save them from extinction.

Click the ‘unloved species’ tag above to see all of the nominations and their blogs.

Once you have perused the blogs you can vote for your favourite to help get them into the top ten unloved species and get them the recognition that they truly deserve! Share your favourite with others using the #LoveSpecies hashtag on Twitter and Facebook and tell them why they should vote for them too. Voting closes on February 14th at 23:59 PST (07:59 GMT).

Join us and our conservation partners in celebrating and raising awareness for some of the world’s most unloved species this Valentine’s Day!

Species: Yellow-shouldered parrot

Nominated by: Provita

 

Conservation status: Vulnerable (IUCN Red List), Endangered (Venezuelan Red Book)

Why do you love it? This is the first species that we actively worked on, and whose population has recovered due to our work. Our first population surveys in the late 80s showed that 650 to 700 birds lived on Margarita Island, the site of Provita’s hand-on conservation projects during the last 3 decades. At present, numbers have reached 1600 to 1700 birds. We feel a great sense of accomplishment and responsibility.

Poaching pressure is still very high and habitat conversion has not ceased, but through a combination of nest monitoring, habitat restoration and conservation education, risk of extinction has decreased. A major alliance has been built around the parrot on Margarita. From the police and military, to universities, state and municipal government, the private sector, civil society and local communities, numerous people and institutions work together every year. Our work on behalf of the yellow-shouldered parrot symbolises Provita’s conservation model and shows that long-term, participatory engagement works to recover threatened species. This is the species for which we are better-known.

What are the threats to the yellow-shouldered parrot? Primarily the poaching of nestlings for the pet trade, and habitat conversion by open-sky sand-mining (which removes all the vegetation, including nesting trees).

What are you doing to save it? We have been working on behalf of the yellow-shouldered parrots since the late 80s. We protect nests from poachers during the breeding season (between April and August), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We engage with local schools in environmental education and development of greenhouses to raise native trees for habitat restoration. We engage with land owners that run mining operations and assist them in ecological restoration of degraded lands. We organise a major parrot conservation festival every year that celebrates the breeding season’s success and engages schools and cultural organisations throughout the island. We are present on the mass media regularly, to share our work and encourage participation in the parrot festival and in habitat restoration campaigns. We also own 730 hectares of dry forests and have established the Characacual Community Conservation Area (CCCA), which we manage in collaboration with the EcoGuardians Cooperative (ex-poachers that now offer their professional services to field projects) and the people of the town El Horcón, the nearest settlement to CCCA.

Find out more about Provita

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Feb 1

We’ve asked conservation organisations around the world to nominate a species that they believe to be overlooked, underappreciated and unloved, and tell us why they think that they deserve a fair share of the limelight, this Valentine’s Day.

Each nominee’s story is featured on the Arkive blog with information on the species, what makes them so special, the conservation organisation that nominated them and how they are working to save them from extinction.

Click the ‘unloved species’ tag above to see all of the nominations and their blogs.

Once you have perused the blogs you can vote for your favourite to help get them into the top ten unloved species and get them the recognition that they truly deserve! Share your favourite with others using the #LoveSpecies hashtag on Twitter and Facebook and tell them why they should vote for them too. Voting closes on February 14th at 23:59 PST (07:59 GMT).

Join us and our conservation partners in celebrating and raising awareness for some of the world’s most unloved species this Valentine’s Day!

Species: Giant devilray

Nominated by: Project AWARE

Conservation status: Endangered

Why do you love it? Found predominately in the Mediterranean Sea, the giant devil ray is a close cousin of the manta and other devil rays. Like sharks, mantas are at the top of every diver’s must-see list. But the giant devil ray doesn’t quite get the same ‘bucket list’ attention, nor is as well-known as our shark and manta friends. However this ray is huge – reaching six metres in length. And it’s impressive. Its large pectoral fins help it cross great stretches of ocean with gentle wing-like beats.

With the word “Devil” in its name, it’s certainly a very intriguing and unique species. Devil rays are the only vertebrates that have three pairs of working limbs: pectoral fins, pelvic fins and cephalic fins. The latter is where they get their name from. When they are not feeding, their cephalic fins are curled and point forward and down, giving the appearance of devil horns.

But there is nothing devilish about this ray. It belongs to a family of 11 species that desperately needs a lot of love.  Fishing, bycatch and marine debris are all threatening ray populations – many of which are on the decline. So Project AWARE is excited to bring some much needed attention to the magnificent giant devil ray and its entire family who really do need a “Whole Lotta Love”.

What are the threats to the giant devilray? Although there is no directed fishery for the giant devil ray, incidental catch and mortality rates are high. When caught as bycatch the species is usually discarded but occasionally it is landed and sold to market. Giant devil rays produce only one large offspring every two to five years so its natural reproductive system adds to the species survival struggles.

The demand for gill rackers – the feathery structures these filter feeders use to strain food as they glide through the water – is on the increase leaving conservationists concerned. And although there have been some conservation measures placed – the General Fisheries Commission for the Meditterean (GFCM) has agreed protection for the giant devil ray based on species listing under the Barcelona Convention – compliance reporting for these measures is sadly lacking.

Secondary threats to the devils include marine debris – ingestion of microplastics – boat strikes and oil spills.

What are you doing to save it? Shark and ray overexploitation – overfishing, bycatch and finning – remains largely unregulated globally. Project AWARE is a global movement of scuba divers protecting our ocean planet – one dive at a time.  It is the scuba divers’ voice and support that fuels our science-based advocacy to advance conservation of sharks and ray in peril, like the majestic giant devil ray.

We fight for limiting catches, protecting the most vulnerable species, reducing bycatch, and implementing effective finning bans at national, regional, and international levels.

And, in the case of this underloved family of devils, we do so by advocating for safeguards in international trade under CITES (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) and national protections under CMS (Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals).

Find out more about Project AWARE

Learn more about manta and devilrays by downloading Project AWARE’s Mantas at Risk Infographic

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