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  • Giraffe The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is now threatened with extinction. Photo: IUCN Photo Library © Alicia Wirz

    New bird species and giraffe under threat – IUCN Red List

    Cancun, Mexico, 8 December 2016 (IUCN) – Over 700 newly recognised bird species have been assessed for the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM, and 11% of them are threatened with extinction. The update also reveals a devastating...
  • Aedes albopictus Aedes albopictus Photo: Aedes albopictus_AFPMB CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    Global initiative calls for urgent action against invasive alien species

    A new global initiative to reduce the impacts of invasive alien species – the Honolulu Challenge - has been launched today by 33 organizations and institutions. The launch follows a call for urgent action on invasive alien species made by experts, governments...
  • Python and python skins Python and python skins Photo: iStockphoto and Shutterstock

    Kering, ITC and IUCN release new data on the sustainability and livelihood benefits of python trade

    Three new reports published today by the Python Conservation Partnership (PCP), a partnership between Kering, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Species Survival Commission Boa and Python Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation...
  • 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,...
  • Pangolin Photo: Dan Challender

    First global conservation priorities set – IUCN World Conservation Congress

    Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, 6 September (IUCN) – Limiting illegal trade in threatened species, promoting nature-based solutions to climate change and accounting for biodiversity conservation in the development of renewables are among the first global conservation...
  • 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...
  • Habitat clearance in Niassa Reserve, Mozambique Photo: James Allen

    Three quarters of the world’s threatened species are imperiled from agriculture, land conversion, overharvesting

    Less than a month away from the kick-off of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, a team of scientists report in the journal Nature that three quarters of the world’s threatened species are imperiled because people are converting their habitat into...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The African elephant is a species this year's World Wildlife Day highlights Photo: IUCN Photo Library / © Sue Mainka

    IUCN Director General’s statement on World Wildlife Day 2016

    We are wandering dangerously close to a precipice. Human activities are putting enormous and growing pressure on the planet, threatening the survival of many species through habitat destruction, the spread of invasive species, illegal wildlife trade,...
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