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Elephants in the Dust – The African Elephant Crisis

Elephants in the Dust. The African Elephant Crisis

The African elephant, the largest remaining land mammal on the planet, is facing the greatest crisis in decades. Reports of mass elephant killings in the media vividly illustrate the situation across many African elephant range states. This publication provides an overview of the current state of the African elephant alongside recommendations for action to ensure its protection. This report has been written in close consultation with experts and a range of sources including CITES Monitoring Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) Programme, the Elephant Trade Information System (ETIS), the IUCN African and Asian Elephant Specialist Groups, and the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC). The findings provide a clear overview of the current African elephant crisis.

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Species on the edge of survival

Species on the Edge of Survival

This book is inspired by the IUCN Species of the Day 2010 web initiative, and serves as a guide to 365 of the world’s species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. This list profiles a wide variety of animal, fungi and plant species. Each profile includes a photograph of the species, a location map describing the species' habitat, information on the level of threat (from "Least Concern" to "Extinct in the Wild"), and descriptions of why the species appears on the IUCN Red List.

The book is available to buy from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

You can also download the Species on the Edge app for iPhone and iPad which features all 365 species profiles.

Buy the book or the app and contribute to species conservation!  A percentage of the sale proceeds are donated to The IUCN Red List.

Priceless or worthless?
Spineless: Status and trends of the
world’s invertebrates

Spineless. Status and trends of the world's invertebrates

This report contains the most comprehensive assessment of the status and trends of the world’s invertebrates conducted to date. It introduces the staggering diversity of invertebrates, ranging from microscopic zooplankton to giant squid. Together these organisms represent around 80% of the known species on our planet. They not only provide a bewilderingly rich and varied component of the natural world, they are our natural capital; the engineers of the many benefits which humans accrue from an intact and fully functioning environment. This report documents several reasons for concern about the health of invertebrates. The conservation attention paid
to invertebrates to-date lags far behind that of vertebrates (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish). This collaborative report brings together the work of many thousands of scientists through The IUCN Red List, to document how pressures on the environment are impacting invertebrates.

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The red book : the extinction crisis face to face

The Red Book: the Extinction Crisis Face to Face

The Red Book: the Extinction Crisis Face to Face
Amie Bräutigam and Martin Jenkins

Drawing on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the world's most objective and authoritative inventory of species at risk of extinction, this publication combines awe-inspiring imagery with solid science and factual accounts. The result of a collaboration between industry and science, this dramatic new work conveys to the general public the urgency and scale of the current extinction crisis.It describes the extinction process, its causes, and the measures needed to reverse it in terms accessible to everyone. More than simply raising awareness, this book is a call for action to all sectors of society from industry to governments to educators, to work together to save biological diversity. Conserving this diversity is one of the greatest challenges facing mankind today and we hope this book will help inspire more people to take up that challenge.

Published by CEMEX, in collaboration with IUCN's Species Survival Commission and Agrupación Sierra Madre.
ISBN 968-6397-64-7, 2001
280 x 299mm, 300pp., 256 colour photos

£45 - Proceeds from the sale of this publication will be used to endow the Peter Scott Fund to further SSC's work in conservation. Discounts do not apply (except for the book trade).Postage will be charged on the actual weight of the book.

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Evolution Lost

Evolution Lost: Status and Trends of the World's Vertebrates

Evolution Lost: Status and Trends of the World's Vertebrates 


Within the next century we stand to lose what could amount to one quarter of all vertebrates. The report ‘Evolution Lost’ has been produced by ZSL in collaboration with WWF, IUCN and SSC. It considers for the first time the current status and trends of global vertebrates in the context of human pressures, with a particular focus on threatened, novel and evolutionary distinct species.

This book is a wake up call. Will we continue to live in ‘business as usual’ mode? Or will we make room for other species? The measures we need to take include direct and much more extensive conservation action to save critical species and habitats. However, we also need to take more painful measures that will affect our own lifestyles, such as massively reducing carbon emissions, removing perverse agricultural subsidies and curtailing the use of nitrogen- and phosphorus-based fertilisers. If society is unwilling to pay these costs, then many of the species with which we share this planet will go the way of the dodo. It is our choice. Do we have the courage to take the difficult decisions?

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