Tag Archives: Extinctions

Working with traditional healers to end vulture poaching

In West Africa, illegal trade in vultures’ parts for belief based use spells doom for these endangered birds. The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), BirdLife Partner is working with local traditional healers to create awareness on plant-based alternatives, as substitutes to vultures’ parts. By Joseph Onoja, Director, Technical Programmes Vulture populations on the African continent have plummeted catastrophically over the last …

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Why is it controversial to declare a species less threatened?

Last year, we moved the Pink Pigeon from Endangered to Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, its recovery the result of decades of conservation work. When we move a species to a lower threat category, it sounds like a cause for celebration – but why doesn’t everyone agree? By James Lowen The Pink Pigeon Nesoenas mayeri could easily have …

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Northern Bald Ibis: baldly leading the way in ibis conservation

Four ibis species in three very different circumstances. All facing extinction. One, the Northern Bald Ibis, is now recovering. What does it take to turn the tables on extinction? By Shaun Hurrell With the setting sun still warming a sandstone ledge on Morocco’s west coast one evening in November, a bulky bird tenderly preens its partner’s feathers using its long, scythe-shaped …

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IUCN Red List raises more red flags for threatened species

By Martin Fowlie Almost 80% of temperate slipper orchids and over 90% of lemurs are threatened with extinction, according to the latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. The mascot of the 2014 FIFA World Cup – the Brazilian Three-banded Armadillo – remains Vulnerable as its population continues to decline. The IUCN Red List, which celebrates its …

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