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Nations List 12 Vulture Species to Tackle Population Decline in Africa

Bonn/Trondheim, 9 October 2015– A further eighteen birds of prey species have been listed at an international meeting of government representatives and experts this week in Trondheim, Norway. Seven of these species under threat are critically endangered according to the IUCN Red List. The 2nd Meeting of the Signatories of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds …

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Major breakthrough in fight to save Asian vultures from extinction

By Martin Fowlie A major step for the future of vultures in Asia has been announced by the Indian Ministry of Health. A ban of multi-dose vials of human formulations of diclofenac, which is responsible for the death of tens of millions of Asia’s vultures, has come into force with immediate effect. The painkiller was banned from veterinary use in …

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Saving the Egyptian Vulture: Mission still possible

By Stoyan Nikolov, Vultures may not be the prettiest of birds: They are often reviled for their looks, and are prone to illegal killing and poisoning, but it’s hard to argue against their usefulness. The Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus), for example, feeds primarily on carcasses of dead animals. It is nature’s waste disposal service and plays a vital role in …

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Diclofenac the Vulture killing drug is now available on EU market BAN IT NOW !

Diclofenac – the Vulture killing drug – is now available on EU market. This drug is known to kill vultures even in very small amounts . Diclofenac is used for veterinary purposes, for example for treating cows and pigs, vultures are at risk when they eat the carcasses.   In December last year, the European Medicines Agency confirmed that European …

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The 34 wonders of the world outdoor exhibition in Sghar, Batroun

Explore 34 biodiversity hotspots around the world through stunning images. This spotlight exhibition features photographs that celebrate the diverse natural beauty of these areas and their vital importance to human well-being. The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon, in collaboration with Gold Trophy launched this exhibition in Bioland Farm Restaurant, Sghar, Batroun, Lebanon, on 11 July 2015. The …

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Save Tadmur (Palmyra) desert #Save_Zenobia

A rare bird may become extinct in Syria because of the capture of Palmyra by Islamic State, experts say. A tiny breeding colony of the northern bald ibis – a critically endangered species – was found near the city in 2002. Only one female returned from the wintering grounds in spring 2013. The heroic Ibis guards, are still doing their …

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Meet the animal that’s rarer – and cuter – than a panda

Native to a remote region of China, this tiny mammal, known as the Ili pika, doesn’t know it’s a member of an endangered species – and neither do most people. Rarer – and some would argue cuter- than the panda, there are less than 1,000 of these teddy bear-like creatures living in the Tianshan mountain range in the Xinjiang region …

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Pregnant rare monk seal found dead in Raouche

The marine life in Lebanon was affected by a new loss, when one of the rare types of “monk seals”, which resides on the coast of Beirut was found dead, where it was taking shelter in what is known as the “Cave of seals” at ‘’Raouche’’ Beach. The death of these seals is a big loss, as this type of …

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International Action to Stop Illegal Killing of Birds Stepped Up at UN Wildlife Conference

Intensive unsustainable hunting and illegal killing of migratory birds are taking place in many parts of the world driving species to the brink of extinction. Some of the affected migratory birds are globally threatened such as the Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Yellow-breasted Bunting, which are protected under the UNEP Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). At the 11th Conference of the Parties …

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The IUCN Red List: Guiding Conservation for 50 years

This year is an important milestone for IUCN as it marks the 50th anniversary of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. By scientifically documenting on a case-by-case basis the nature and severity of threats to the survival of species, The IUCN Red List helps drive meaningful and appropriate conservation action. Effective conservation planning requires a thorough understanding of the …

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