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The Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) once formed numerous, immense spawning groups. However, heavy fishing has reduced these spawning groups and overall population numbers to critically low values.

A billion-dollar business puts species and people at risk

At least 12% of groupers – globally-important food fish species that live on coral and rocky reefs – face extinction, putting the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people around the world at risk, finds a report published today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission’s (IUCN SSC) Grouper and Wrasse Specialist Group. …   | Dutch

28 Apr 2013 | International news release

Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus)

Economic incentives benefit conservation of bonefish, ladyfishes and Tarpon

For the first time, all species of Tarpon, ladyfishes and bonefishes - marine species found globally in warm-water seas - have been assessed for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Of the 17 known species, two, Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) and Roundjaw Bonefish (Albula glossodonta) are classified as Vulnerable. One species, Bonefish (Albula vulpes) is listed as Near Threatened, three species are listed as Least Concern and 11 are classified as Data Deficient. …  

25 Feb 2013 | News story

Kuroiwa's Ground Gecko (Goniurosaurus kuroiwae)

Almost one in five reptiles struggling to survive

Nineteen percent of the world’s reptiles are estimated to be threatened with extinction, states a paper published today by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) in conjunction with experts from the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC). …   | French | Spanish | Dutch

15 Feb 2013 | International news release

Kihansi Spray Toad (Nectophrynoides asperginis)

Kihansi Spray Toad returns to the wild

Classified as Extinct in the Wild on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, the Kihansi Spray Toad (Nectophrynoides asperginis) is the focus of conservation efforts involving the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) Amphibian Specialist Group and the IUCN SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group. Together with a collaboration of a number of partners across the world they are reintroducing the Kihansi Spray Toad  back to its original habitat. …  

17 Dec 2012 | News story

A male Grand Cayman Blue Iguana (Cyclura lewisi) at his peak

Grand Cayman Blue Iguana takes step back from extinction

The Grand Cayman Blue Iguana (Cyclura lewisi) has taken a formal step back from extinction this year. The announcement comes with the latest update to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, which was released in India this week by The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). …  

20 Oct 2012 | News story

A large Siberian Taimen (Hucho taimen) in Russia

Largest salmon in the world edges toward extinction

An international team of scientists have released assessment reports on the precarious status of a group of Asian salmon, taimen, which are recognized as the largest species of salmon in the world. The reports conclude that all species of taimen are now listed as threatened or Data Deficient on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, and point to a host of ongoing and emerging threats, including habitat loss and over- harvest. …  

19 Oct 2012 | News story

Majestic Palm (Ravenea rivularis)

Madagascar’s palms near extinction

Hyderabad, India – Eighty three percent of Madagascar’s palms are threatened with extinction, putting the livelihoods of local people at risk – according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The update brings the total number of species listed on The IUCN Red List to 65,518, of which 20,219 are threatened with extinction. …   | French | Spanish

17 Oct 2012 | International news release

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.

IUCN and Microsoft form unique partnership to tackle species extinction

Microsoft and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, jointly announced today at the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress in South Korea, the formation of a new partnership to further strengthen the information available on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. This collaboration sees Microsoft becoming the first corporate member of The IUCN Red List Partnership. …   | French | Spanish

11 Sep 2012 | International news release

Cover - Assessment of the socio-economic value of freswater species for the northern Africa region

Extinction of freshwater species in Northern Africa: a double loss

This is the first time that a study conducted at the species level collates and integrates information on the socio-economic value of freshwater species and the threats to those species in Northern Africa. …   | French | Spanish

10 Sep 2012 | International news release

Tortoise beetle

Spineless creatures that rule the world

One-fifth of the world’s invertebrates may be threatened with extinction according to ‘Spineless,’ a report published today by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), in conjunction with IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and the IUCN Species Survival Commission.   …  

31 Aug 2012 | Media advisory


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