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  • Wild Wheat: Triticum turgidum Wild Wheat: Triticum turgidum Photo: Barbara Ender Jone

    Unsustainable food systems threaten wild crop and dolphin species – IUCN Red List


    Tokyo, Japan, 5 December 2017 (IUCN) – Species of wild rice, wheat and yam are threatened by overly intensive agricultural production and urban expansion, whilst poor fishing practices have caused steep declines in the Irrawaddy Dolphin and Finless Porpoise,...

  • The Critically Endangered Margaritifera marocana mussel is endemic to Morocco Photo: SPVS

    Breeding the most threatened bivalve on Earth: Margaritifera marocana


    How do you save a Critically Endangered river mussel species from extinction when a dam upstream and increased human disturbance in the vicinty is threatening its only known home? 

  • Photo: USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

    Unregulated wild collection and habitat loss lead to Vulnerable status for medicinal Goldenseal


    The latest update to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ saw Goldenseal classified as “Vulnerable” on The IUCN Red List in a move that highlights concerns about the medicinal plant’s decline.

  • The Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis) is found in the Batang Toru forests in Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo: Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) Batang Toru Programme

    New orangutan species described in Indonesia


    A team of international scientists, including IUCN experts, have described a new species of orangutan found in Indonesia. 

  • Outlet glaciers and the wetland of Þjórsárver, Iceland. Photo: Roger Crofts

    A major enhancement of protection in Iceland


    After many years of lobbying by Icelandic and international experts from WCPA, the Icelandic Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, Björt Ólafsdóttir has just announced the enhanced protection status of one of the most important ice...

  • Ibex in the Gran Paradiso National Park in Italy Ibex in the Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy Photo: Luciano Ramires

    Gran Paradiso, the hunting reserve that saved the Ibex


    Awarded IUCN Green List status since 2014, the Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy’s first national park extends over five valleys around the Gran Paradiso massif.

  • Botrychium Simplex (Dwarf Moonwort) assessed as EN Dwarf Moonwort (Botrychium simplex), assessed as Endangered  Photo: Karsten Horn

    Ancient ferns highly threatened in Europe – IUCN Red List


    Brussels, 27 October 2017 (IUCN) – A fifth of European fern and lycopod species, a group of vascular plants that underpins healthy ecosystems, are threatened with extinction and declining, as a result of urbanisation and expanding infrastructure, according to...

  • Antipodes Island Landscape and Albatross Chick Antipodes Island, New Zealand landscape and Antipodean Albatross (Diomedea antipodensis) chick Photo: Sarah Forder/Island Conservation

    Managing invasive species on islands can curb global extinction rates


    Managing invasive species could benefit 95 per cent of Endangered and Critically Endangered amphibians, birds and mammals that live on islands, according to a study involving researchers from the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Invasive Species...

  • Large Hippos (Hippopotamus amphibious) Large Hippos (Hippopotamus amphibious) Photo: Jean-Christophe Vié

    Hippos, crocodiles and other freshwater megafauna threatened and ignored


    A recent study by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature and the Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) reveals nearly 60 per cent of iconic freshwater species such as crocodiles, hippos, sturgeons and river dolphins...

  • Dugongo Patrol Boat purchased using SOS funding Photo: Endangered Wildlife Trust



    A lot can change in a short time in this information age – so too for conservation. Following successes strengthening governance in Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago National Park which was supported by an SOS grant 2011-2013, the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s...


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