IUCN has recently updated the Red List of Bangladesh by assessing 1619 species from seven animal groups. This article for the first time records the Red List Index (RLI) for each of these groups and creates a baseline to measure species conservation initiatives in Bangladesh.
The Thailand Environmental Education Center (EEC) organised the first “Fighting Extinction Day” on 2 April 2017 to present research findings from the Fighting Extinction Project. EEC Thailand uses The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, one of IUCN’s main conservation tools, to guide student research work on the ground. All five species presented at this event – the Kitti's hog-nosed bat, goral, dugong, whale shark and leatherback sea turtle –are listed by the IUCN as Threatened with Extinction.
Manta rays are graceful, iconic marine animals sought out by scuba divers around the globe. Far less well-recognised are the devil rays, a group of nine species that are closely related to manta rays and are indistinguishable to all except experts. While the popularity and name recognition of manta rays with tourists has led to heightened interest in conserving them, devil rays are getting far less attention, increasing the risk of further population declines – write Julia M Lawson and Nicholas K Dulvy of IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Shark Specialist Group (SSG).
IUCN Bangladesh with the support of Bangladesh Forest Department established the country’s first-ever Vulture Rescue Centre in November 2016. The centre has successfully rescued and rehabilitated eight Himalayan Griffons and released the vultures back to the wild on 6 March 2017.
Advocating for wildlife conservation, IDEA has taken five endangered animals of Azerbaijan under its supervision – the “Big Five” project: the Goitered Gazelle, the Caucasian Leopard, the Imperial Eagle, the Brown Bear and the Grey Wolf, implementing a number of measures to protect each of them. The transboundary efforts on “Reintroduction of the Goitered Gazelle” were launched to increase the population of gazelles (Gazella subgutturosa) in the region by resettling them into their natural habitats.
On this year’s International Day of Forests (21 March), the Government of Bangladesh has unveiled two new publications on Asian Elephants in the country. These books reveal the latest estimates of Bangladesh’s elephants along with their distribution, routes, and corridors. Haseeb Md. Irfanullah of IUCN Bangladesh explains what this new knowledge means to us.
In the last months, INCA has initiated collaboration with the international organization Four PAWS, national institutions and partners to work on the wildlife mistreatment and captivity, focusing on the Brown Bear as the most vulnerable species in this respect in the country. Currently, some 40 to 50 bears are kept in captivity in Albania, while there is no official database on other wildlife held illegally. The Brown Bear illegal trafficking and trade is still present, despite being forbidden by the national legislation and international conventions.