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Species on the Edge of Survival – The ultimate guide to nature in need

30 August 2011
An inside look at the new book (photo: Ryan Morgan, Layout: Collins)

Why is the Javan Rhino one of the world’s most threatened large mammals? What efforts are underway to help conserve the 47 remaining Floreana Mockingbirds of Ecuador? Why is there a dramatic decline in the Globosa Mangrove? You can find answers to these and many more questions in a unique anthology, Species on the Edge of Survival, published by Collins.

The book, inspired by IUCN’s Species of the Day initiative, features a selection of 365 plants, animals and fungi listed on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Each profile includes a description of the species, its conservation status, geographical range and the conservation action that is needed to protect it. All of this is accompanied by a striking photograph of the species, making the book a must-read for nature lovers, young and old. Environmental enthusiasts and anyone who is concerned about the state of the world’s wildlife will find it a useful guide to our planet’s biodiversity, the threats it faces and methods to conserve it.

Species on the Edge of Survival highlights the current biodiversity crisis. According to the latest update of The IUCN Red List, one in four mammals, one in eight birds and more than one in three amphibians are at risk of extinction.

“These startling statistics are an alarm call that should be heard by everyone,” says Simon Stuart, Chair of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission. “Species are key to our survival, the quality of our lives and our economic security. It’s important to know what threats they face and how we can protect them.”

The IUCN Red List is often considered to be the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of species. The wealth of detail it contains can be used to influence the establishment of on-the-ground conservation projects.

“The IUCN Red List is crucial in defining future conservation action, as it shows where it is needed most and encourages the necessary changes in legislation to make it more effective,” says Jean-Christophe Vié, Deputy Director of IUCN’s Global Species Programme. "But this book is also a celebration of the magical diversity and beauty of life. It is amazing to see what splendid creatures share the planet with us.”

Species on the Edge of Survival is a thought-provoking volume which sets out the problem of biodiversity decline and provides some of the possible ways to stop it. “The attractive layout, beautiful images and clear language will certainly encourage readers of all ages to engage in nature conservation and raise awareness about how important it is to protect biodiversity,” adds Simon Stuart.

To view some of the species profiles from the book, visit the Species of the Day website.
To buy the book, click here.

Find out how much you know about threatened species by taking our quiz.

For more information, please contact:

Kathryn Pintus, IUCN Global Species Programme, e t +41 22 999 0154
Ewa Magiera, IUCN Media Relations, e t +41 76 505 33 78

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