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  • 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...
  • forest Photo: IUCN/Gabriela Burnett

    The World Now Protects 15% of Its Land, but Crucial Biodiversity Zones Left Out

    Close to 15% of the Earth's land and 10% of its territorial waters are covered by national parks and other protected areas; coverage of marine protected areas increased by almost 300% in the last decade; and eight in 10 key biodiversity areas worldwide lack...
  • Whale shark Whale shark Photo: IUCN Photo Library/ © Andre Seale

    Whale sharks, winghead sharks and Bornean orangutans slide towards extinction

    New IUCN Red List assessments reveal that growing human pressures on whale sharks, winghead sharks and Bornean orangutans are putting these species at an increasing risk of extinction. Whale sharks and winghead sharks are now listed as Endangered and Bornean...
  • The River Gambia in Niokolo-Koba National Park, a World Heritage site Photo: IUCN / Remco Van Merm

    Cement giant vows to respect World Heritage in joint effort with IUCN and UNESCO

    Building materials company CEMEX has committed to staying out of World Heritage sites and to building awareness of the need to protect them, following a collaboration with UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature...
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