Urgent conservation action for three Critically Endangered fishes endemic to Lake Poso, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Rapid Action Fund

The challenge Lake Poso in Sulawesi is one of the world’s oldest lakes, a Key Biodiversity Area and an Alliance for Zero Extinction site. It supports a high degree of endemism of many freshwater species, including 10 endemic fish species, 3 of which are Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct): Duck-billed Buntingi, Rosen’s Buntingi and Poso Bungu. The drastic declines of these three species are largely considered to be due to predation by alien fishes in the 1970s which have since become…

Nurturing the community power to protect the last population of Talaud Cuscus

ASAP Species Conservation Grants

The challenge The Critically Endangered Taluad Bear Cuscus occurs only two islands, Salibabu and Sangihe, located at the border of North Sulawesi, Indonesia and the Philippines. However, the remaining populations are found in in a few unprotected forest patches and face the constant threat of land conversion due to small scale agriculture.  While establishing legally recognised protected areas on the island is unlikely to occur within a short timeframe, engaging the leaders of the community is key in nurturing a…