Species

Weeding an entire island to protect a globally important coastal ebony forest

The beautiful Mauritian island of Ile aux Aigrettes is only 26ha and lies just 850m offshore. Its proximity to shore leaves it particularly vulnerable to invasive plant species that threaten its coastal ebony forest, the last remnants of which are found on Ile aux Aigrettes. …  

07 Jun 2006 | News story

Bowhead whale in Greenland. The blow (or spout) of a bowhead can reach 7m in height.

Bowhead whale population re-surfaces in the Arctic

Scientists recently spotted several bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus) near Svalbard where they have only been spotted a few times in the last several decades. …  

16 May 2006 | News story

Squalius Keadicus, a freshwater fish endemic to Greece.

Mediterranean Freshwater Fish on the Brink of Extinction

Released IUCN report says seven species have become extinct and one is extinct in the wild.  …  

15 May 2006 | News story

Tufted duck.

First World Migratory Bird Day

The African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) together with the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) will launch the first World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) from the edge of the Great Rift Valley in Laikipia, Kenya with “WINGS,” an artistic and cultural show reflecting the wonders of bird migration. …  

10 Apr 2006 | News story

A Galapagos tortoise in the Galapagos, Ecuador.

Slow but steady – Giant tortoises help clear invading species from island paradise

Conservation needs all the help it can get. On the beautiful Mauritian island of Ile aux Aigrettes, some unlikely assistance is being provided by giant tortoises which are happily dining on invasive weeds that are threatening the island’s natural balance. …  

24 Mar 2006 | News story

Reprieve planned for Garama's Rhinos: Extra efforts promised to safeguard their homeland

World’s largest conservation union supports last-ditch effort to save Garamba rhinos and planned international efforts to save the national park... …  

01 Feb 2006 | News story

Persian leopard

Securing a Future for Leopards in South Africa

IUCN –The World Conservation Union, Gland, Switzerland (7.12.2005) - The leopard (Panthera pardus) is the most persecuted large cat species in the world. …  

07 Dec 2005 | News story

A lion in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

The African lion - Assuring its conservation in West and Central Africa

  African lion. Photo by Sue MainkaIUCN - The World Conservation Union, Gland, Switzerland (27.10.2005) - The conservation status of the African lion, for many the very symbol of the continent’s wildlife, is giving cause for serious concern. It was classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in 2004 due to a continuing decline in population, with current numbers estimated at 23,000-39,000. In West Africa, lions number fewer than 1,500 and meet the criteria for regionally Endangered. …  

27 Oct 2005 | News story

Escaping the cats' clutches gives the Anegada iguana a good "headstart"

IUCN - The World Conservation Union, Gland, Switzerland, 7 October 2005 - A grant from the Sir Peter Scott Fund for Conservation Action of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission (SSC) is helping to continue the early conservation successes in the fight to save the Anegada iguana, listed as “Critically Endangered” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. …  

07 Oct 2005 | News story

Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus) Threat category: ENDANGERED

World Conservation Union undertakes first ever IUCN Red List of European Threatened Mammals

IUCN - The World Conservation Union, Gland, Switzerland (15.09.2005) - The World Conservation Union is to conduct its first specific assessment of Europe's approximately 281 mammal species. They include a high number of threatened endemic species, amongst them the most endangered big cat in the world - the Iberian lynx. …  

15 Sep 2005 | 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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