DALLAS – DSC has been formally admitted as a new member of the IUCN, the United Nations’ International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The admission follows a lengthy and rigorous application process, and positions DSC within one of the world’s most influential and respected conservation bodies.

The IUCN announced DSC’s membership on May 13.

“We are extremely pleased with the IUCN’s decision and proud to be an official member of this highly respected group,” said Ben Carter, DSC executive director. “DSC is dedicated to conservation, education and advocacy. As an IUCN member, we will be even more effective in our mission to conserve wildlife and wild places.”

The IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, and is considered a leading international authority on both the environment and sustainable development. It is a neutral forum for governments, non-government organizations, scientists, businesses and local communities to find practical solutions to conservation and development challenges. The organization is currently engaged in thousands of field projects and activities around the world.

“DSC has a well-documented history of contributing to conservation and sustainable-use projects and programs, both here in the U.S. and also internationally,” added Carter. “We very much look forward to becoming actively involved with IUCN endeavors, and will fully support the IUCN’s mandate to conserve our planet’s biodiversity, and advocate for sustainable use of wildlife resources.”