Saving Species

Would you like to know more about which species are endangered and at risk of extinction? The IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) compiles a “Red List” of threatened species. They have a wonderful website which you can search for species to find out the “conservation status” of any species. Try it: type in the name of any species. Stuck for ideas? Try giraffe and see what you find.

The Giraffe is Vulnerable because its population size has declined by around 40% in the last 30 years. Have a look at our download on Making Assessments of Threatened Species and see some examples of species it’s too late to save (can you name one?), and species that need our help. Then use the IUCN website to find some more.

Dr Colin Lawton made today’s download. Colin works on mammals, so all the species but one in the download are mammals, and they’re really charismatic mammals too! I’m feeling a little subversive, so here’s some pictures of some other creatures that also need our help and protection. I’ll make a post about some of our endangered plants and invertebrates in the future.

IUCN Red List Website: https://www.iucnredlist.org
Download: Making Assessments of Threatened Species

Published by Louise Allcock

Professor of Zoology at NUI Galway

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