News Release

A good year for Bazaruto's Dugongs

31 October 2014
Zero dugong mortalities in 1 year reports EWT
Photo: Jay Roode

Reaching October without a single Dugong mortality is something we need to shout about according to SOS Grantee Karen Allen from IUCN Member, Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT).

Emailing SOS from her base in Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, Mozambique Karen explains: “this means, that through SOS support- we have managed to prevent losses from Bazaruto's Dugong population for a full year.” While SOS funded Karen’s work, this short film illustrates just how many people helped make the project a success so far:

 

 

Fishing in the park is monitored for illegal practices Photo: EWTCEO of EWT, Yolan Friedmann called it “extraordinary news”. Karen elaborates, "preventing Dugong mortality in order to sustain the Western Indian Ocean's last viable Dugong population would never have been possible without support from SOS. This month marks a noteworthy conservation success in that our conservation efforts have prevented the loss of any Dugongs in a full 1 year- Thank you SOS!".

About SOS Preparing for boat patrols Photo: EWT

Protecting threatened species is critical because we are protecting parts of our life support system. Wildlife and nature supply is with so many basic necessities from food to fuel and shelter, but also inspiration in art, language and design to name but a few examples.

Right now we are protecting more than 200 species please contribute to SOS to help us continue to protect more of our natural heritage. Aerial Surveys support the boat patrols Photo: Karen Allen

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