Hoolock gibbon, fishing cat, elephant, saltwater crocodile, bird wing, Bangladeshi cricket frog, ring lizard, and the olive ridley turtle have something in common: while occurring in Bangladesh they represent an important part of the country’s remarkable and extraordinary faunal biodiversity. However they also have in common that observing those wonderful and astonishing animals in the wild takes place only on rare occasions and therefore national experts and scientists have put them on the red list assessment list together with around 1700 animal species and declared them of being presumably threatened in their existence either in Bangladesh or globally and suggested urgent status clarification.
Status knowledge is crucial because only if we know the exact conservation status of a species, its population size, its distribution range and most important the threats to its existence, we have the chance of protecting it and ensuring its survival for us, for Bangladesh, and as part of the nature heritage for our future generations.
To assess and verify whether those species are actually threatened and more important to which extend, IUCN Bangladesh Country Office now aims to assess the conservation status and more specifically the risk of extinction of all those 1700 listed species from altogether 7 different animals groups (mammals, bird, reptiles, amphibians, freshwater fish, crustacean and butterflies) within its project “Updating Species Red List of Bangladesh”. This project will be realized over the course of 2014/2015 in cooperation with the Bangladesh Forest Department, under World Bank funding and more than 300 national and international experts, professionals, officials, scientists, stakeholders and partners will participate in the process ensuring that the assessment is based on the best scientific information available.