This short film gives an overview of what SOS does and the multiple benefits to communities and habitats of a species approach to nature conservation:



Turning Conservation Knowledge into Action with Impact

SOS - Save Our Species channels funds from donors to existing frontline conservation actors working to protect from extinction some of the world's most threatened species of plants and animals.


In parallel SOS comunicates about the successes, sharing stories and learnings with key stakeholders and the general public.


SOS does this because saving species is a universal cause. Nature is made up of species and nature is our life support system. Thus SOS communications aim to educate and inspire support for this cause.


In so doing, SOS represents one key step in the journey toward saving a species. That process begins with knowledge generated by scientists worldwide and registered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. It culminates in SOS identifying and selecting projects while overseeing their implementation to ensure conservation goals are achieved.


In between those steps, SOS harnesses the power of the largest network of species experts in the world - the IUCN Species Survival Commission to evaluate project applications on a voluntary basis. It also works closely with its partners to develop the initiative according to strategic priorities.


This makes for effective unbiased quality control and allows SOS to optimise conservation return on investment.




  • 15A-079-029,  Children turn into lemurs for Arbor Day parade, Liva Rahoharison, SOS save our species, OHDZA, MBP, SOS Lemurs
    Madagascar communities double tree-planting output to mark Arbor Day
    Planting 12,000 trees in one single day is no mean feat, even for two highly motivated teams of villagers celebrating Madagascar’s first ever Arbor Day, 29 April 2016. Using this tree-planting holiday...
  • SOS, Pygmy Hog
    Release of 100th Pygmy Hog marks conservation milestone in Assam, India
    The continued success of the Pygmy Hog Conservation Programme (PHCP) implemented by SOS grantee EcoSystems India spells hope for this, the world’s rarest and smallest wild pig. "The release of six add...
  • 15A-075-019, Boy holding Sunda pangolin, ZSL Thailand CROPPED, SOS Save Our Species,
    A boy, a pangolin and a story of survival
    In April 2016, Aroon Sukjitdee, a Community Outreach Project Manager for IUCN Member and SOS project implementer the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), received a phone call from a local villager in ...
  • Cover 'Transboundary River Basins: Status and Trends'
    Key hotspots of species loss and water risks identified in new transboundary river basins report
    On 22 May the global community marked ‘International Biodiversity Day’, celebrating the variety of life on earth. Yet, extinction risks range from moderate to very high in 70% of transboundary river b...
  • 13A-060-016, South BDR patrol team_Team defining direction to a target point_SMART Patrol_Stephane smiling, Oliver Fankem_ZSL, SOS Save Our Species
    A day in the life of an eco-guard in Cameroon
    Daily challenges abound for Stéphane Marel Madjaye, one of the dedicated guards who protect the forest elephants, western lowland gorillas, pangolins and other wildlife in the Dja Biosphere Reserve fr...
Did You Know: SOS has disbursed almost $10 million in grants over 5 years supporting 100 projects implemented by 60 NGOs and hundreds of people in 50 countries protecting 250 threatened species from extinction.
SOS - Save Our Species
>> A global coalition to conserve threatened species and their habitats