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  • Elephants in Amboseli National Park, Kenya Elephants in Amboseli National Park, Kenya Photo: Julian Blanc

    Poaching behind worst African elephant losses in 25 years – IUCN report

    Africa’s overall elephant population has seen the worst declines in 25 years, mainly due to poaching over the past ten years – according to IUCN’s African Elephant Status Report launched today at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES,...
  • Eastern Gorilla Eastern Gorilla.  Critically Endangered Photo: Intu Boedhihartono

    Four out of six great apes one step away from extinction – IUCN Red List

    Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, 4 September 2016 (IUCN) – The Eastern Gorilla – the largest living primate – has been listed as Critically Endangered due to illegal hunting, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today at the...
  • Congo forest aerial Aerial view of forest with savana patches, Congo basin region. Photo: Paul Godard / Flickr Creative Commons

    IUCN and partners launch global effort to boost restoration of degraded forests

    The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council has approved The Restoration Initiative (TRI) that will help 10 countries define and achieve commitments under the Bonn Challenge – a global effort to restore 150 million hectares of degraded land by...
  • Wild rice Photo: flowerphotos / Alamy Stock Photo

    New IUCN-Toyota partnership to expand knowledge of threats to global biodiversity

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) today announced a five-year partnership to provide funding to broaden the scope of The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. This will significantly increase...
  • The Saharan addax faces imminent extinction Photo: Thomas Rabeil/Sahara Conservation Fund

    Saharan addax antelope faces imminent extinction

    Regional insecurity and oil industry activities in the Sahara desert have pushed the addax – a migratory species of desert-adapted antelope – to the very knife-edge of extinction according to a recent survey which found only three surviving in the...
  • Dehorned black rhinos, South Africa Photo: © Richard Emslie

    IUCN reports deepening rhino poaching crisis in Africa

    The number of African rhinos killed by poachers has increased for the sixth year in a row with at least 1,338 rhinos killed by poachers across Africa in 2015, according to new data compiled by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species...
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