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IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ is the world's most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of plant and animal species. It uses a set of criteria to evaluate the...
Unregulated wild collection and habitat loss lead to Vulnerable status for medicinal Goldenseal
The latest update to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ saw Goldenseal classified as “Vulnerable” on The IUCN Red List in a move that...
The IUCN Red List now includes 87,967 different wildlife species, of which 25,062 (approximately 28%), are threatened with extinction. Goldenseal Hydrastis canadensis is a long...
Below is the full list and contact details for all IUCN SSC Mammal Groups, including links to their websites. Please note that the menu on the left provides links to the groups who...
What are cacti and succulents?
The Cactus and Succulent Plants Specialist Group (CSSG) What are cacti and succulents? Cacti and succulents are some of the most popular and charismatic plants appearing in private...
New bird species and giraffe under threat – IUCN Red List
Cancun, Mexico, 8 December 2016 (IUCN) – Over 700 newly recognised bird species have been assessed for the latest update of The IUCN Red List of...
Today’s IUCN Red List update also includes the first assessments of wild oats, barley, mango and other crop wild relative plants. These species are increasingly critical to food security, as their...
Tropical Andes freshwater species at risk – first IUCN Red List assessment
Almost 18% of the freshwater biodiversity endemic to the Tropical Andes region of Bolivia, Perú, Ecuador and Colombia is threatened with extinction...
The main threats are agricultural activities, pollution, dams and water management, mining, and unsustainable use of biological resources, such as fisheries and logging. The basins with higher...
Four out of six great apes one step away from extinction – IUCN Red List
Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, 4 September 2016 (IUCN) – The Eastern Gorilla – the largest living primate – has been listed as Critically Endangered due to...
Today’s IUCN Red List update also reports the decline of the Plains Zebra due to illegal hunting, and the growing extinction threat to Hawaiian plants posed by invasive species. Thirty eight of the...
Our Red List Species Assessors: giving a voice to trees and shrubs, an interview with Dr Malin Rivers
Plants are the cornerstone of life, providing oxygen, shelter, food and medicine for humans and animals alike. In this interview with Dr Malin Rivers...
This is the fourth of a series of interviews with our Red List Species Assessors currently involved in IUCN’s LIFE European Red Lists project. In this edition, our interviewee is a tree expert but...
Our Red List Species Assessors: Understanding and protecting fern and lycopod diversity, an interview with Henry Väre
Pteridophytes, which include ferns and lycopods, are spore-producing plants usually found in humid environments. They provide shelter and habitat for...
This is the fifth of a series of interviews with our Red List Species Assessors currently involved in IUCN’s European Red Lists LIFE project. Our interviewee is a fern expert, but future interviews...
Illegal trade contributes to placing cacti among world’s most threatened species – IUCN Red List
Gland, Switzerland, 5 October 2015 (IUCN) – Thirty-one percent of cactus species are threatened with extinction, according to the first comprehensive...
According to the report, cacti are under increasing pressure from human activity, with more than half of the world’s 1,480 cactus species used by people. The illegal trade of live plants and seeds...
Our Red List Species Assessors: Keeping up to speed with snails and slugs, an interview with Ben Rowson
Terrestrial molluscs, which include snails and slugs, are prey to a large variety of animals, and provide important ecological functions such as soil...
This is the third of a series of interviews with our Red List Species Assessors currently involved in IUCN’s European Red Lists LIFE project. Our interviewee is a terrestrial mollusc expert,...
Once-abundant ash tree and antelope species face extinction – IUCN Red List
North America’s most widespread and valuable ash tree species are on the brink of extinction due to an invasive beetle decimating their populations,...
Today’s IUCN Red List update also reveals a dramatic decline of grasshoppers and millipedes endemic to Madagascar, and the extinction of the Christmas Island Pipistrelle bat. The IUCN Red List now...
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