Species

Rueppell's Vulture
(Gyps rueppellii)

Vultures – the silent victims of Africa’s wildlife poaching

The recent death of up to 600 vultures after feeding on a poisoned elephant carcass near Namibia’s Bwabwata National Park in July confirms that the indiscriminate use of poison is one of the major causes of the ongoing decline in vulture populations across most of Africa.   …  

15 Aug 2013 | News story

Arabian Oryx

New Guidelines on conservation translocations published by IUCN

As the world’s biodiversity faces the incessant threats of habitat loss, invasive species and climate change, there is an increasing need to consider more direct conservation interventions. Humans have moved organisms between sites for their own purposes for millennia, and this has yielded benefits for human kind, but in some cases has led to disastrous impacts. In response to this complex aspect of conservation management, the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Reintroduction Specialist Group (RSG) and Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) have revised and published the IUCN ‘Guidelines for Reintroductions and Other Conservation Translocations’. …  

12 Aug 2013 | News story

Greater Bamboo Lemur
(Prolemur simus)

Lemurs of Madagascar three-year conservation plan launched

Primate experts from around the world have come together to write a 185 page document outlining a three-year strategy for the conservation of the lemurs of Madagascar. In 2012 leading conservationists gathered at a summit meeting organised by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) to review the conservation status of the world’s then 103 (meanwhile 104) lemur species – the most endangered mammal group in the world. …  

01 Aug 2013 | News story

Lulworth Skipper (Thymelicus acteon), Eifel, Germany

European butterflies under threat of extinction

According to the recent report of the European Environment Agency (EEA), European grassland butterflies have declined dramatically by almost 50% over two decades. This study highlights an alarming trend for butterflies and complements the assessment by the European Red List of Butterflies conducted by IUCN. …  

26 Jul 2013 | News story
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Malabar Pufferfish
(Carinotetraodon travancoricus)

Threatened freshwater fish fall through net of mismanaged aquarium pet trade

The global trade in freshwater fish is a large and diverse industry, estimated to be worth around US $15–30 billion a year. Supplied by captive-bred and wild-caught specimens, the aquarium trade is dependent on the replenishment capabilities of wild freshwater fish populations and sustainable methods of capture. Although a new paper published by the Conservation Research Group (CRG) and members of the IUCN SSC Freshwater Fish Specialist Group reveals that up to 30 species of barbs, catfish, loaches and other freshwater fish endemic to two biodiversity hotspots in India are continually traded around the world, despite their threatened conservation status on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. …  

26 Jul 2013 | News story

Chinese Pangolin
(Manis pentadactyla)

The most traded wild mammal - the Pangolin - is being eaten to extinction

The Chinese Pangolin (Manis pentadactyla), one of eight extant pangolins or scaly anteaters as they are also known, was once abundant in China. However, as a result of overexploitation for consumption of its meat and scales, this species is now moving closer to extinction, which is having a devastating impact on the world’s remaining pangolins.  

22 Jul 2013 | News story

Madagascar, Golden Mantella, Madagasikara Voakajy

Even More Golden Ponds?

Combining training and local level knowledge is key to saving the Golden Mantella and its forest pond habitat. Tapping into local knowledge continues to pay dividends for SOS grantee Madagasikara Voakajy’s (MV) conservation work with the communities around the Mangabe forest in Madagascar.  …  

08 Jul 2013 | News story

IUCN 2012 Congress  - Forum

Keeping the spirit of the 2012 Congress alive

IUCN is pleased to announce the launch of the IUCN Conservation Trends Platform, which illustrates trends for conservation based on analysis undertaken during the Forum of the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress on a selection of workshops under each Congress theme. A Trend Report has been produced for each day, identifying the main conservation messages coming out of the collective work. …   | French | Spanish

01 Jul 2013 | News story

State of the Worlds Birds

Birds indicate a planet in peril, but investing in conservation makes economic sense

Declines in birds across the globe are providing evidence of a rapid deterioration in the global environment that is affecting all life on earth – including people. However, birds also tell us that saving the planet comes at a relatively small price – an investment that’s vital to secure our own future. …  

28 Jun 2013 | News story

Indian rhinoceros, Chitwan National Park, Nepal

Using Red List Data for Transboundary Water Resource Management

Gathering and analyzing data is no small job: getting information into a position where it can be used – especially by those outside your immediate discipline, peer group, and sector – is a big step in mobilizing knowledge products across these boundaries. …  

11 Jun 2013 | 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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