ARKive’s search for the World's Favourite Species

06 May 2013 | News story

Wildlife and IUCN Red List partner Wildscreen is engaging the public with nature in its search to find the World's Favourite Species.  CEC member Richard Edwards from ARKive invites you to vote by 8 May.

The World’s Favourite Species campaign has been launched to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Wildscreen's ARKive project, whose mission is to promote the conservation of the world’s biodiversity using the power of wildlife imagery. Working with the world’s very best wildlife filmmakers and photographers, conservationists and scientists, ARKive is creating the world’s ultimate free multimedia guide to the natural world, providing a truly unique educational resource and communication tool.

The first phase of the campaign encouraged the public to explore over 15,500 species on ARKive and nominate their favourite, from the weird to the wonderful, the widespread to the Critically Endangered and the most-loved to the newly discovered. The species nominations were crowd-sourced in their thousands over a one month period via the ARKive website and social media.

The 50 most frequently nominated species were then shortlisted and have now been put to the public vote in the search to find the 'World's Favourite Species'. While the top 50 were dominated by mammals and birds, Wildscreen were pleased to see the giant sequoia and the Critically Endangered golden frog in the mix. They were also encouraged to see that the top 50 was not full of the usual furry suspects that tend to steal the media limelight - indeed the komodo dragon, the humphead wrasse and the monarch butterfly all star amongst ARKive's top 50, and most importantly are gaining lots fans and therefore exposure through the campaign.

With the conversation on social media going crazy, there is no better time for you to help spread the word about this creative way of shining a spotlight on some of the world's most threatened species.

Voting is open until 8th May so if you haven't voted for the world's favourite species yet, please show your support and do so today:

Vote today

The World's Favourite Species will be announced on ARKive's tenth birthday, 20th May 2013.

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