Tag: critically endangered

Mass vulture poisoning in West Africa

As many as a staggering 2,000 Hooded Vultures have died in Guinea-Bissau since 2019. This represents a loss of around 5% of the estimated national population of Hooded Vultures (put at around 43000 in 2018 surveys – a figure which represents around 22% of the entire global population). At least 200 of the vultures were beheaded, suggesting the body parts were harvested for ‘medicinal’ or ritual purposes…

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Center for Biological Diversity | Lawsuit Against Trump for Endangered Species

North America’s Center for Biological Diversity works “to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive”. Protecting endangered animals and plants is their core mission. “From miniscule, nearly invisible fairy shrimp to gray whales and towering redwoods” the Center believes that all species have an intrinsic right to live. And now they are suing President Trump for illegally ordering federal agencies to harm wildlife

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European Eels – slipping towards extinction?

How did a fish that was once so abundant and so familiar become listed in 2008 by the IUCN as Critically Endangered (the highest threat level), leading to headlines in the media this week which included “Man found guilty of smuggling £50m worth of live eels out of UK”? Unfortunately, writes Charlie Moores, it’s down to a combination of human-related causes that have impacted so much of the world’s wildlife: widespread habitat change, agricultural and industrial pollution, and exploitation and wildlife crime.

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