Species

Rostkovia magellanica in the South Georgia

UKOTs Online Herbarium

The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, an IUCN Member, have launched the UKOTs Online Herbarium. It is a species and specimens database containing plant diversity information for all UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) and geographically related islands.  …  

07 Feb 2012 | News story

The newly discovered flower system

New plant discovered in Fiji

A new flowering plant belonging to the Medinilla plant group has been discovered in the highlands of Matasawalevu village, on the island of Kadavu in Fiji. The plant was found during a biodiversity assessment of the Nakasaleka district carried out as part of IUCN’s Water and Nature Initiative (WANI). …  

19 Jan 2012 | News story

Lowland tapir calf (Tapirus terrestris)

Raising the profile of Tapirs

Getting support from the general public for conservation projects can be hard when people know nothing about the species you are trying to protect. Patrícia Medici, Chair of the IUCN SSC Tapir Specialist Group has been working with great enthusiasm to raise the profile of the Lowland Tapir in Brazil with some exciting and novel events. 

18 Jan 2012 | News story

SOS, CI

Hope in a hotspot – on a mission to save frogs in Colombia

In Colombia, work is under way to save a group of species whose fate is intimately linked with our own. …  

12 Jan 2012 | News story

Confirmed and inferred distribution

New IUCN Red List map browser: visualize and explore

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ website has a brand new feature designed to facilitate the exploration and visualization of species distribution ranges. …  

11 Jan 2012 | News story

Platform

IUCN and Sakhalin Energy continue joint efforts to protect whales

IUCN, whale experts and Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (Sakhalin Energy) are starting a second 5-year phase (2012-2016) of joint collaboration to protect the endangered population of western gray whales. Through this collaboration, a credible mechanism has been created in the last 5 years to reduce impacts of oil and gas development in the vicinity of Sakhalin Island, in northeastern Russia. …  

09 Jan 2012 | News story

Tail fin of Western Gray Whale

Endangered whales are crossing the Pacific

Two female western gray whales, Agent and Varvara, left the coast of Russia late last year and are now half-way across the Gulf of Alaska. For the second consecutive year, an international team of scientists successfully tagged endangered whales off Sakhalin Island and the team is now tracking the animals via satellite. …  

09 Jan 2012 | News story

The only live adult Saola ever seen by the outside world. This female was captured in 1996 in Laos by local villagers, and transferred to a nearby menagerie, but survived only a few weeks. Copyright 1996 by W. Robichaud/WCS.

EAZA-IUCN SSC Southeast Asia campaign launched

The wildlife of Southeast Asia is beautiful and mysterious but under threat. To help raise awareness and conservation funds for selected threatened animals in Southeast Asia, the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) have teamed up to launch a new campaign. …  

06 Jan 2012 | News story

Pygmy Hippo

Out of sight, not out of mind

The mysterious life of the pygmy hippo in the jungle of West Africa is being uncovered in an SOS-funded conservation project to save the species from extinction. …  

01 Jan 2012 | News story

Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) "Cairngorm Reindeer"

Reindeer: not just for Christmas

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer may be famous for guiding Santa Claus through the night sky, but reindeer do more than just pull toy-laden sleighs—reindeer are an important food source and serve many ecological functions, yet are also in need of stronger conservation strategies, according to IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). …  

20 Dec 2011 | 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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