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Squaretail Coral Grouper (Plectropomus areolatus)

Groupers and Wrasses under threat

Groupers and wrasses are two highly prized families of fish that depend on rocky and coral reefs. If they escape the fishermen, many can live to a ripe old age. But rates of population growth are slow and evidence suggests that overfishing is putting their survival at risk. One of the problems is that fishermen don’t discriminate between adults and juveniles when they’re taking their catch. Many species are threatened or near-threatened according to criteria for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. So what’s the solution? Yvonne Sadovy, Co-Chair IUCN/SSC Groupers and Wrasses Specialist Group, explains. …  

05 Sep 2010 | Audio

Orange-eyed green tree frog

SOS call to Save Our Species

Thousands of animals and plants around the world face extinction with species currently disappearing at a rate up to 1,000 times higher than normal. If we do nothing to stop the decline not only will species disappear forever but the very fabric of our society, our very existence, will be threatened. …  

05 Sep 2010 | Audio

Oreochromis karongae. Endangered on the IUCN Red List.  Found in lake Malawi, East Africa

African freshwater species threatened - livelihoods at stake

Twenty-one per cent of freshwater species in continental Africa are threatened with extinction, putting the livelihoods of millions of people at risk. With so much to lose, inland waters must be managed not just for their supply of freshwater but also to sustain the abundant life within. …   | French | Spanish

02 Sep 2010 | International news release

Golden toad, Incilius periglenes

Search for lost amphibians

Teams of scientists around the world have launched an unprecedented search in the hope of rediscovering 100 species of "lost" amphibians – animals considered potentially extinct but that may be holding on in a few remote places – Conservation International and the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group announced today. …  

11 Aug 2010 | News story

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General

Ghost Forest art project praised by IUCN Director General

IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefevre, has accepted the role of ambassador for a major art installation called “Ghost Forest”, by British artist Angela Palmer. …  

11 Aug 2010 | News story

Eastern chimpanzee

96% of chimpanzees could be saved by African action plan

Ninety-six per cent of known populations of eastern chimpanzees, that’s an estimated 50,000 individuals, could be protected with a new action plan, which puts stamping out illegal hunting and trafficking as key to saving one of man’s closest relatives. The nations of East and Central Africa have developed a 10-year plan to save the eastern chimpanzee from hunting, habitat loss, disease, the capture of infants for the pet trade and other threats, IUCN and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today. …  

21 Jun 2010 | News story

IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group response to Nunavut listing decision

The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Polar Bear Specialist Group (PBSG) is concerned about the Government of Nunavut’s recent decision not to support the proposed listing of polar bears as a Species of Special Concern under Canada’s Species At Risk Act. In justifying this position, the Government of Nunavut stated that Inuit knowledge and science corroborate that polar bears in Nunavut are “thriving” and “will adapt to changing and severe climatic conditions”. The PBSG believes this position is contrary to all available evidence, and will not lead to the best possible conservation of the species. …  

10 Jun 2010 | News story

Female saiga antelope

Mass mortality among saigas in Kazakhstan: 12,000 dead

Nearly 12,000 Critically Endangered saiga antelopes have been found dead over the last week in the Ural population in western Kazakhstan.       

28 May 2010 | International news release

Aloa Grebe

Wetland aliens cause bird extinction

BirdLife International announces today, in an update to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ for birds, the extinction of Alaotra Grebe Tachybaptus rufolavatus. Restricted to a tiny area of east Madagascar, this species declined rapidly after carnivorous fish were introduced to the lakes in which it lived. This, along with the use of nylon gill-nets by fisherman which caught and drowned birds, has driven this species into the abyss.   …  

26 May 2010 | International news release


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