This year, IUCN is celebrating 50 years of the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM, and to mark the anniversary, the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) is asking its members to take part in Red November - a month dedicated to celebrating the conservation work of good zoos and the contribution of the IUCN Red List.
The IUCN Red List is the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species and their links to livelihoods. It is not only a list of species and their status, but an invaluable tool for the conservation of the natural world.
Throughout the month, zoo and aquarium staff across the UK and Ireland will be wearing red, selling red cakes to raise funds for conservation, giving free entrance to visitors with different red items and highlighting in red which of their species are Vulnerable, Endangered, Critically Endangered and Extinct in the Wild, among other ‘red’ events.
BIAZA is even asking Parliamentarians to join in the celebrations and demonstrate their support for the IUCN Red List by wearing a red tie or red scarf, regardless of political allegiance, on 19 November 2014.
“The IUCN Red List identifies the most threatened species and sub-species of animals and plants on Earth via transparent criteria that can be measured on a regular basis,” said BIAZA CEO Dr Kirsten Pullen.
“Through identifying those species most at risk, the Red Data List allows conservation organisations and policy makers to focus species conservation efforts. For BIAZA zoos and aquariums, the Red List is a vital tool in the process of master planning the species held by our members, and informs the designation of conservation breeding programmes. The Red List is also a valuable education tool for describing the conservation status of our species to the public. BIAZA is thrilled to be supporting the celebrations throughout the month with Red November events.”