Species

The IUCN Global Species Programme, in conjunction with the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) and partners, are driving the fight to save species for people and nature.

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Key numbers on species

Assessed

112,400 +

species on the Red List

Threatened

30,000 +

species threatened with extinction

Target

160,000

species which the IUCN Red List aims to assess by 2020


How we engage

Species are critical for a healthy planet, but growing pressures from human activities are putting them at risk of extinction. Habitat destruction, invasive species, overexploitation, illegal wildlife trade, pollution and climate change are threatening the survival of species worldwide.

IUCN is at the forefront of the global fight to save species from extinction. Its Species Survival Commission has over 9000 members, within 160 Specialist Groups. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ is used to guide decision making and conservation action. IUCN provides technical expertise for conservation issues and projects.


News

  • Mount Tucuche tree frog (Flectonotus fitzgeraldi) Photo: Mount Tucuche tree frog (Flectonotus fitzgeraldi). Located at Paraguaná Peninsula, Venezuela. Photo by Enrique La Marca

    IUCN Guidelines for Assessing Species’ Vulnerability to Climate Change Now Available in Spanish

    15.01.2020

    Doncaster, UK., 15 January 2020 – IUCN has released a Spanish translation of the Guidelines for Assessing Species’ Vulnerability to Climate Change. Developed by leading scientists and conservationists under the auspices of the IUCN SSC Climate Change...

  • Guam Rail The flightless, fast-running Guam Rail (Hypotaenidia owstoni) – the second bird in history to recover after being declared Extinct in the Wild, after the California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus). Once widespread on the Pacific island of Guam, its numbers declined after the Brown Tree Snake (Boiga irregularis) was accidentally introduced at the end of World War Two. In 1987, the last wild Guam Rail was killed by this invasive predator. Thanks to a 35-year captive breeding programme, the Guam Rail is now established on the neighbouring Cocos Island. However, the bird is still classified as Critically Endangered – one step away from extinction. Photo: Photo by Josh More (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

    Species recoveries bring hope amidst the biodiversity crisis - IUCN Red List

    10.12.2019

    Gland, Switzerland, 10 December 2019 (IUCN) – Conservation efforts have led to improvements in the status of ten species, according to today’s update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. This includes the recovery of the Guam Rail, a bird previously...

  • Bhitarkanika Conservation Area, India Photo: IUCN / Remco van Merm

    Experts call attention to the key role of World Heritage in meeting biodiversity objectives

    28.11.2019

    Experts convened by IUCN have issued a statement on how World Heritage contributes to the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. This includes recommendations specific to World Heritage and its relevance to biodiversity. Negotiations to develop the...

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Sustainable Use and Trade Photo: IUCN Bangladesh

Sustainable use and trade

Monkey Photo: Slavena Paneve via Unsplash (CC)

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Pseudagrion kamiranzovu Photo: Jens Kipping

Freshwater biodiversity

Procambarus clarkii Photo: Jordi Ray Gabarra

Invasive species

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