Species

HSH Prince Albert II with the awardees

IUCN Red List receives Prince Albert II of Monaco Biodiversity Award

Yesterday, The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM was honoured with this year’s Prince Albert II of Monaco Biodiversity Award. …  

13 Oct 2014 | News story

Help us assess 160,000 species by 2020!

160,000 species by 2020 – will you help?

This year is an important milestone for IUCN as it marks the 50th anniversary of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. By scientifically documenting on a case-by-case basis the nature and severity of threats to the survival of species, The IUCN Red List helps drive meaningful and appropriate conservation action. …  

10 Oct 2014 | News story

Tree Kangaroo

Tree Kangaroo Friendly Coffee – a triple win story

Imagine protecting threatened wildlife, empowering local communities in the process and doing it all through a premium organic coffee brand. Such was the triple win solution generated by Woodland Park Zoo’s Tree Kangaroo Conservation Programme (TKCP).   …  

07 Oct 2014 | News story

Voanioala gerardii canopy

Improvement in protected areas needed to save Madagascar palms

Despite the expansion of Madagascar’s protected areas, many palm species are still threatened with extinction, primarily due to forest degradation and destructive harvesting, reveals a study published in PLOS ONE. Eighty-three percent of the 192 endemic species are threatened, exceeding estimates for all other comprehensively evaluated plant groups in Madagascar. …  

07 Oct 2014 | News story

The Bog Turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii)

IUCN Red List warns about climate change extinctions

A new study shows that The IUCN Red List would provide several decades of warning time for species that might go extinct because of climate change. …  

06 Oct 2014 | News story

Native to Mexico and the southern United States, American agave (Agave americana) has been introduced widely as an ornamental, for medicinal and agricultural purposes.

Building knowledge on invasive alien species in the Pacific

Invasive alien species are recognized as the second largest drivers of biodiversity loss worldwide and island ecosystems appear to be more vulnerable to invasions. The Oceania region, home of six of the recognized 39 world biodiversity hotspots, has suffered significant loss of species and ecosystems as result of the spread of invasive alien species. The IUCN Species Survival Commission Invasive Species Specialist Group (IUCN SSC ISSG) and the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme (BIOPAMA) are working together to address this challenge by improving the access to data on invasive alien species in the Oceania-ACP island countries.  …  

02 Oct 2014 | News story

Gray whale breaching

Landmark cooperation for conservation of rare whales

Representatives of the Russian Federation, USA and Japan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement IUCN’s range-wide Western Gray Whale Conservation Plan. …  

24 Sep 2014 | News story

2012A-45-001 A _credit Ujung Kulon NP and WWF Indonesia _Javan Rhino, IRF, SOS Save OUr Species

Flagship species: how protecting rhinos can help other threatened wildlife

Marking World Rhino Day, SOS Grantee Bill Konstant, International Rhino Foundation writes this thought provoking article on the role of rhinos as flagship species for conservation.   …  

22 Sep 2014 | News story

The vaquita of the Gulf of California is well on its way to extinction. The cause is bycatch in fishing nets

IUCN calls for immediate action to prevent the Vaquita’s extinction

Despite conservation efforts, numbers of Vaquita, a small porpoise found only in Mexico, have continued to decline, from around 600‐800 animals in the early 1990s to about 100 animals today, according to the latest report of the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita (CIRVA). …  

16 Sep 2014 | News story

13A-069-018 Reef Manta Ray Ventral Shot, Maldives _ Guy Stevens, SOS SAve Our Species, Manta Trust

A good news story unfolds for mantas and sharks

What did it take to get here? And what will it take to go further? asks Isabel Ender, Conservation Strategy Manager with the Manta Trust, an SOS Grantee. …  

11 Sep 2014 | News story


This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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