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!

Name of species: Caicos Island dwarf boa

Nominated by: UK Overseas Territory Forum (UKOTF)

Conservation status: Yet to be classified by the IUCN Red List. It is listed on Appendix II of CITES. Further survey work is needed.

Why do you love it? We like different, we like unique. This is the smallest boa in the world and unique to the Turks and Caicos Islands. It fits in the palm of your hand.

What are the threats to the Caicos Island dwarf boa? Thought to be declining. Main threats to this species may include: habitat loss and introduced species, local persecution and capture for the pet trade.

What are you doing to save it? Founded in 1986, the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum (UKOTCF) is a UK-based non-government organisation, which exists to protect and to promote biodiversity and other heritage conservation in the UK’s Overseas Territories (UKOTs). It does this by inter alia supporting capacity building; strategic planning; deployment of specialist volunteers; developing and running conservation and education projects with local partners; sharing ideas and experiences and providing advice to decision makers. It involves bringing together a wide network of bodies in the UKOTs, and supporting organisations in Britain and elsewhere.

We have 25+ years involvement in the Turks and Caicos Islands. During this time we have secured funding for and initiated many projects. These include: education projects on wise water use, bird-watching guides to main islands including North Caicos (home of this boa), creation of nature trails, running a major project on surveying wildlife, develop conservation plans, and an information centre, a virtual tour for the territory. We are also working to establish the international importance of sites, under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the Important Bird Areas programme.

Find out more about UKOTF projects

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