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ARKive to profile all threatened succulents


ARKive, the world’s centralised digital library of films and photographs of threatened animals, plants and fungi, is calling on the members of the IUCN Cactus and Succulent Specialist Group to help in the search for imagery of threatened succulent plants.


A project of UK-based NGO, Wildscreen, ARKive’s objective is to raise public awareness of the world’s threatened species and the need for their conservation through the power of wildlife imagery.


To date, ARKive has created digital multi-media profiles for over 5,000 species, digitising and storing more than 38,000 still images and over 100 hours of moving footage, from over 3,000 contributors, including the BBC, National Geographic, and a wide variety of photographers, scientists and conservationists. These important audio-visual records are being preserved and maintained for the benefit of future generations, and are made freely available for non-commercial awareness-raising and educational purposes via the ARKive website The ARKive website regularly receives over 30,000 visits a day from around the world, with visitor demography ranging from research scientists, conservationists, educators to the general public.


Having recently become a formal partner of the IUCN Red List, ARKive’s immediate aim is to compile audio-visual profiles for the c. 18,000 species at most risk of extinction (CR – VU), including all c. 550 threatened succulent plant species. ARKive is collaborating with the IUCN Species Programme and the Species Survival Commission to find photos, and films for as many of these threatened species as possible, with all images sourced under the partnership being made available for use in IUCN Red List activities.


Only around 40 threatened succulent plant species have been profiled on ARKive so far, which means there are at least 500 species for which media is still needed. If you have films or photographs of any Red List succulent plant species, or indeed of any of the world's threatened species, then ARKive would be delighted to hear from you.      


Please contact Claire Thompson, ARKive Media Researcher at:


Please note that ARKive does not sell photographs, but rather the ARKive website acts as a showcase for image providers, displaying copyright and contact details with every image, as well as links to each media donor's own web activities