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Campaign on endangered species’ awareness launched

John E. Scanlon, the Secretary-General of CITES

In support of an ongoing commitment to save the world’s most endangered species, Discovery Communications and the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced on Wednesday in Johannesburg, South Africa at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) summit a multiplatform campaign to raise awareness and reduce demand for illegally sold ...

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IUCN attributes vilest African elephant losses to poaching


Africa’s overall elephant population has seen the worst declines in 25 years, mainly due to poaching over the past 10 years – according to IUCN’s African Elephant Status Report launched on Sunday at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES, taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa. The report is said to be an authoritative source of knowledge ...

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Pangolins, vaquita upkeep rife as IUCN sets priorities


The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) may ban gillnet fishing in the bid to save the vaquita from extinction. Similarly, restrictions may be placed on trading pangolins. A species of porpoise only found in the Gulf of California in Mexico, the vaquita, according to scientists, may become extinct by 2022 if harmful fishing practices ...

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Gorilla, Zebra, Hawaiian plants critically endangered, says 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 on Sunday at the IUCN World Conservation Congress taking place in Hawaiʻi. Four out of six great ape species are now Critically Endangered – only one step ...

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IUCN: Endangered gray whale recovering, but…

Gray whale

The critically endangered western gray whale population that feeds in Russia’s Far East waters is slowly showing signs of recovery, but their numbers and range are still at risk from industry activity in the region, according to a new report released on Saturday at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, Hawai’i. The joint report by IUCN-International Union for Conservation ...

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Nigeria ready to tackle illicit wildlife trade – Mohammed

Amina Mohammed

The Federal Ministry of Environment with the collaboration of sister agencies has spread its tentacles across the nation’s borders to check the illegal trading in wildlife. Minister of the Environment, Amina J. Mohammed, who announced this in a message to commemorate the World Environment Day celebration in Lagos, also enjoined all Nigerians to join in the war against the illegal ...

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‘Over half of world’s primate species threatened with extinction’

Hainan gibbon

Only 25 individuals of the Hainan gibbon (Nomascus hainanus) are thought to be left in the wild, confined to a small patch of rainforest on Hainan island in south China. Similarly, around just 50 of Northern sportive lemurs (Lepilemur septentrionalis) remain in their native Madagascar. This about sums up the plight of 25 primate species believed to be critically endangered. ...

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Again, worry over African vultures imminent extinction

Dr Julius Arinaitwe, BirdLife International’s Africa Programme Director

Six of Africa’s 11 vulture species – the continent’s largest and most recognisable birds of prey – are now at a higher risk of extinction, according to the latest assessment of birds for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, carried out by BirdLife International – an IUCN Red List partner. The main causes of the drop in African vulture ...

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Sumatran Rhino may go extinct, warns IUCN

Ratu, a Sumatran rhino

With fewer than 100 Sumatran Rhinos surviving in the wild, the species will likely become extinct unless the Indonesian Government urgently implements the Sumatran Rhino recovery plan, warns the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as the world celebrates World Rhino Day. The remaining 100 Sumatran Rhinos represent less than half of the population size estimated during the ...

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IUCN update portrays mixed fortunes for conservation


Successful conservation action has boosted the populations of the Iberian Lynx and the Guadalupe Fur Seal, while the African Golden Cat, the New Zealand Sea Lion and the Lion are facing increasing threats to their survival, according to the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Ninety-nine percent of tropical Asian slipper orchids – some of the ...

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