News releases

The only live adult Saola ever seen by the outside world. This female was captured in 1996 in Laos by local villagers, and transferred to a nearby menagerie, but survived only a few weeks. Copyright 1996 by W. Robichaud/WCS.

Last chance to save Saola from extinction – IUCN

One of the world’s most enigmatic mammals, the Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis), could be on the brink of extinction, according to a group of experts who held an emergency meeting in Lao PDR to try to save the animal. …  

03 Sep 2009 | International news release

The Golden Mantella (Mantella aurantiaca)

Deadly frog fungus targeted by amphibian experts

The world’s leading amphibian experts have come together and for the first time identified two major conservation initiatives to stop amphibians going extinct. …  

25 Aug 2009 | International news release

Ganges River dolphin (Platanista gangetica gangetica)

Ganges River Dolphin in dire straits

Dolphin hotspots must be protected if the Ganges River Dolphin (Platanista gangetica gangetica) is to survive in the Brahmaputra river system, according to a recent study. …  

20 Jul 2009 | International news release

Malayan Pangolin (Manis javanica) 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species status: Endangered

Toothless laws fail toothless anteaters

Rising demand for pangolins, mostly from mainland China, compounded by lax laws is wiping out the unique toothless anteaters from their native habitats in Southeast Asia, according to a group of leading pangolin experts. …  

14 Jul 2009 | International news release

African Black Rhino in Ngorongoro.

Poaching crisis as rhino horn demand booms in Asia

Rhino poaching worldwide is poised to hit a 15-year-high driven by Asian demand for horns, according to new research. …  

09 Jul 2009 | International news release

Forest logging - Republic of Congo

Report urges forestry industry to tackle conflict with local people

Conflict between companies that profit from forests and local people who depend on them could be tackled by industry-led approaches but too few companies use them, says a report published today (8 July) by The Forests Dialogue (TFD), an international group of forest experts from business, environmental, academic and human rights groups. …  

08 Jul 2009 | International news release

Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus)

Wildlife crisis worse than economic crisis – IUCN

Life on Earth is under serious threat, despite the commitment by world leaders to reverse the trend, according to a detailed analysis of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. …   | French | Spanish

02 Jul 2009 | International news release

A river in Los Katios National Park, Colombia 
by Jim Thorsell, January 1994

World Heritage in Danger - IUCN

The Danger List of World Heritage Sites needs radical change if is to remain an effective conservation tool, according to a report released today by IUCN. …   | Spanish

29 Jun 2009 | International news release

Fishes in the Barrier Reef World Heritage Site, Belize

Belize barrier reef and Los Katios park in danger

The Belize Barrier Reef System and Los Katios National Park in Columbia are the two natural sites added to the List of World Heritage in Danger, following the advice of IUCN. …   | Spanish

27 Jun 2009 | International news release

The Wadden Sea became the 200 natural site on the World Heritage List.

Two new natural wonders on World Heritage List

The Wadden Sea, on the coast of Germany and the Netherlands, and the Dolomites mountains in Northern Italy have been inscribed on the World Heritage List, following IUCN’s recommendations. …  

26 Jun 2009 | International news release