Bilimbi, a wild fruit on a farm tree. Though the fruit is very acid it makes a very good beverage.

IUCN's Director General on the International Year of Biodiversity

2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity. It's an opportunity to find real solutions to safeguard the natural environment which mankind depends upon. IUCN is playing a key role in pushing for immediate action to protect species, ecosystems and natural resources before it's too late. IUCN's Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, says that, coming straight after Copenhagen, the International Year of Biodiversity is very significant. …  

01 Jan 2010 | Video

Jacques-Olivier Travers and his bald eagle Sherkan

Unclipping the wings of birds of prey by teaching them how to fly

Birds of prey which have always been held in captivity often don’t have the opportunity or skills to spread their wings and take to the skies. Jacques-Olivier Travers, from the bird of prey centre in Les Aigles du Leman in Haute Savoie in France, has become famous for teaching birds at the centre to fly and regain their freedom. Here you can see him fly over the top of Mont Blanc in the French Alps on a paraglider with one of his protégés, Sherkan, a 15 year-old bald eagle, showing the bond of man and beast can conquer the greatest of challenges. …  

01 Jan 2010 | Video


Ten species destined to be hardest hit by climate change

The Arctic Fox, Leatherback Turtle and Koala are among the species destined to be hardest hit by climate change, according to a new IUCN review.
The report, Species and Climate Change, focuses on 10 species, including the Beluga Whale, Clownfish, Emperor Penguin, Quiver Tree, Ringed Seal, salmon and staghorn corals, which all highlight the way climate change is adversely affecting marine, terrestrial and freshwater habitats.

01 Jan 2010 | Video