Bugun Liocichla

One tenth of bird species flying under the conservation radar

More than 350 newly recognised bird species have been assessed by BirdLife International for the first time on behalf of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Worryingly, more than 25% of these newly recognised birds have been listed as threatened on the IUCN Red List – compared with 13% of all birds – making…

Chris O'dowd

Did you give to a charity saving made up animals?

You may need to read it twice before you actually believe it but Irish actor Chris O’Dowd has admitted that when working in a call centre raising money for a wildlife charity he made up species to get people to donate money to the cause. The actor has claimed he raised hundreds of thousands of…

red barbed ant

Global Re-introductions case studies published

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has released the latest volume of case studies involving the re-introduction of endangered species. The 298 page book is available to download free of charge in pdf format. It covers 236 re-introduction programmes and is the 4th in a series from the Reintroduction Specialists Group. The…

bat survey

European bat populations surge

Bat populations in Europe have surged according to a new study recently released. Between 1993 and 2011 bat numbers increased by 42% according to the European Environment Agency (EEA) survey. New conservation treaties and actions have started to have the desired effect as bat populations start to rebound. “It is extremely encouraging to see bat populations…

african lion

Calls for West African lions to be declared critically endangered

The results of a 6 year lion survey covering West Africa has shown just how precarious the population is. There is estimated to be barely 400 west African lions left spread over 5 countries. With fewer than 250 mature adult lions left the west African lion meets criterion C2a(ii) for designation as critically endangered. While officially…

sumatran tiger

Major tiger sanctuary announced for Indonesia

Indonesia’s forestry department has announced plans for the establishment of a major tiger sanctuary for illegally trapped and captured Sumatran tigers. With just 300 individual tigers left in the wild the new plan will be a major contribution towards helping prevent the extinction of the species. The tiger sanctuary will be developed in Riau province…

saola camera trap

Vietnamese saola seen again after 15 years

Camera traps are increasingly revealing long-lost species around the world. The latest success for the cameras is the re-appearance of the saola in Vietnam. It was last seen 15 years ago and offers new hope for one of the most endangered species on the planet. The animal was photographed during a programme run by the WWF-Asia and…