Threatened Species

Live and let fly … the happy end of the Golan’s Vulture trip to Lebanon

Bassam Alkantar – * SPNL media campaigner 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. Huge numbers of birds are killed during their spring migration in Lebanon every year, including raptors, waterbirds, landbirds and many other species that are protected by international law. …

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MEDITERRANEAN MONK SEAL Monachus monachus Awareness Pamphlet

The Mediterranean monk seal is one of the world’s most endangered marine mammals, with fewer than 600 individuals currently surviving. It is believed to be the world’s rarest pinniped species. The sightings of the monk seal were distributed all over the year (refer to sighting timeline) and specially in the mating season which prove that the Monk Seal is not a …

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Emergency conservation for Mediterranean Monk Seal in Lebanon

By Shaun Hurrell, Once thought locally extinct in Lebanon, immediate action was taken by the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon for the conservation of this Endangered species when a pregnant female was found dead. In March 2015, a seal was found dead trapped in fishing nets on the coast of Beirut, Lebanon. When post-mortem confirmed that seal …

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Darwin project puts Iraq’s wildlife on the map

By Ed Parnell, A three-year project in Iraq has significantly contributed to knowledge of the country’s flora and fauna – including five previously unknown plant species – as well as improving the prospects for future conservation efforts in the country. The Iraq Darwin project, which ran between April 2012 and March 2015, has been successful in helping to build capacity …

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Ghana’s Grey Parrot population may soon cease to exist

In the last two decades Ghana has lost 90-99% of its Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus)population. This is according to a recently published study by a team of researchers from Ghana and the United Kingdom associated to Manchester Metropolitan University and BirdLife International, and funded by the Loro Parque Foundation in Tenerife. The population decline of the Grey Parrot, a heavily traded …

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The Eyes of the Cormorant

The first time I encountered the cormorant was in England, when I was about 14 years old. When I heard that the origin of English word “cormorant” was “corvus Marinus,” or “crow of the sea”, I felt like I’d gotten a lot smarter. The word cormorant in Japanese, however, is just one syllable: u (pron. “oo”). I felt sorry for cormorants because …

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Let’s Save The Humboldt Penguin

The world is losing one of the main breeding colonies of the Humboldt Penguin in Central Chile. CODEFF (BirdLife in Chile) is taking action now on Isla Pájaro Niño de Algarrobo and needs your help. Your support will allow CODEFF to address threats at this Important Bird and Biodiversity Area through training local fishermen and other community members in ecotourism, …

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Record breeding success for Critically Endangered Northern Bald Ibis

The Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita has had an eventful and turbulent relationship with humans that has resulted in a graph of its population decline that matches its iconic red down-curved beak. But latest breeding successes resulting from work of BirdLife Partners and the Government of Morocco gives hope for a harmonious relationship again in the future. The large glossy-black bird once had …

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Balkan Lynx added to the IUCN list as Critically Endangered

The IUCN Red List has added the Balkan Lynx to its Red List as a Critically Endangered subspecies of the Eurasian Lynx. This is a very real confirmation that the Balkan Lynx requires urgent and coordinated conservation actions in order to increase its population in the wild. “In the past 10 years, through the Balkan Lynx Recovery Programme, we have collected enough …

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Plastic in 99% of seabirds by 2050

Researchers from CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) and Imperial College London have assessed how widespread the threat of plastic is for the world’s seabirds, including albatrosses, shearwaters and penguins, and found the majority of seabird species have plastic in their gut. The study, led by Dr Chris Wilcox with co-authors Dr Denise Hardesty and Dr Erik van Sebille, …

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