Critically Endangered

January 13, 2013 — Leave a comment

A rat-eating plant from The Philippines named after the naturalist Sir David Attenborough, a beautiful amphibian from Iran also known as the Emperor Spotted, a mammal from Indonesia mistaken for a unicorn, a plain looking fish from The Galápagos Islands threatened by climate change, and a parasitic spore-shooting fungus from Wales – these are the five species currently on the IUCN Red List of critically endangered species that I will be following, increasing awareness, and supporting their conservation programmes.

The Zoological Society of London has published a book about which species are most endangered and how we can save them – Priceless or Worthless?

Let us know which species you have selected to save……


Attenborough’s Pitcher Plant


Population size: Unknown
Range: less than 1km2 on either side of the summit of Mount Victoria, Palawan, Philippines
Primary threats: Poaching
Actions required: Creation of a protected area and enforcement of current legal protection

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Luristan Newt


Population size: less than 1,000 mature individuals
Range: less than 10km2 area of occupancy in Zagros Mountains, Lorestan, Iran
Primary threats: Illegal collection for pet trade
Action required: Enforcement of protection

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Javan Rhino 


Population size: less than 100 individuals
Range: Ujung Kulon National Park, Java, Indonesia
Primary threats: Hunting for traditional medicine and small population size
Action required: Enforcement of protection laws and possible establishment of a captive breeding programme

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Galapagos Damsel Fish


Population size: Unknown
Range: Unknown
Primary threats: Climate Change – oceanographic changes associated with the1982 / 1983 El Nino are presumed to be responsible for the apparent disappearance of this species from the Galapagos
Action required: Surveys to identify if the species still exists in Los Lobos Islands

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Willow Blister


Population size: Unknown
Range: Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom
Primary threats: Limited availability of habitat
Actions required: Continue protection of current populations and habitat regeneration projects

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