15 species certain to go extinct

A new study has put forward 15 species that are the most likely to go extinct in the near future. The 15 species are at the most risk of extinction from a list of 841 highly endangered species. The study is published in Current Biology and uses a “conservation opportunity index” to determine which of the 841 […]


United States set to boost protection of lions

The United States is set to boost the protection of African lions as it continues to fight wildlife trafficking across the world. The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) have submitted a petition to have the lion listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). They are also calling for a permit system for sport hunt […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Okapi and Yellow-breasted bunting take a step closer to extinction

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has just released an update to its Red List. While thee are some notable successes with species recovery the trend is still growing numbers of species coming under greater threat. The most high-profile of these is probably the okapi, a giraffe related mammal from the DR Congo. […]

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 […]

CITES checklist now online

With 35,000 different species covered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) it can be difficult for wildlife traders and customers to ensure that they have the adequate documentation and certificates. Many exotic pet or plant owners may not even be aware of the need for certification of some species. THat has all […]

Protecting 17% of land surface could conserve 67% of plant species

One of the goals of the  Convention on Biological Diversity 2010 is to ensure that at least 60% of plant species are conserved for future generations and that 17% of the planet’s land surface is protected. Careful consideration of where that 17% is placed could mean that 67% of plant species are conserved. Researchers from Duke, North Carolina […]

Cheetahs return after 100 year absence

For the first time in over 100 years wild cheetahs are roaming the Free State wilderness in South Africa thanks to a re-introduction programme. The first 2 cheetahs – both males – have been released by The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), in partnership with Laohu Valley Reserve and Amakhala Game Reserve. Free State has been […]

Rosewood listing could help tackle illegal logging

Violence and gun fights between law enforcement agencies and poachers of tigers, elephants and rhino are well known and occur often but increasingly there are armed conflicts between loggers and law enforcement agencies. As the price of hardwoods rocket driven by high-end furniture demand in China the listings on CITES Appendices of a number of hardwood […]

Highlights of CITES week 1

The first week of CITES in Bangkok has come to an end and there was some interesting highlights to look back on. It was an ambitious week for the delegates with lots of meetings to attend and decisions to be made. For me the most notable highlights of the week were: 1. Secret ballots stay. […]

UK launches ‘If they’re gone’ campaign

Four iconic wildlife species are spearheading a new year-long campaign in the UK to help protect and conserve endangered species. The tiger, rhino, elephant and orangutan are the key species being used in the campaign called ‘If They’re Gone…’. the campaign has been launched to coincide with the start of the CITES meeting in Bangkok. […]

10 points to understanding CITES on the eve of CoP16

While the west african manatee may be threatened  there is little international trading and so the species is unlikely to make Appendix I listing. With just a few hours to go before the start of the Conference of Parties 16 in Bangkok here is a quick 10 point outline of what CITES is and what it is […]

Sharks set to get boost from CITES

Sharks across the world are under threat thanks to shark fin soup. Often the sharks are caught as a profitable by-catch but as only the fins are valuable the rest of the shark is dumped overboard. The trade is international in scope and there is little control. CoP16 though offers some hope for the future. […]