Red List Species of the Day - 12th April
Darwin's Frog is listed as 'Vulnerable' on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. First discovered by Charles Darwin, this amphibian species occurs in the forests of Central and Southern Chile and Argentina, and has an intriguing system of reproduction in which the male broods eggs and tadpoles within its vocal sacs. This species of frog has undergone a worrying decline and extinction in some areas. Darwin's Frog owes its status to habitat loss, deforestation, drought and replacementof native vegetation with introduced pine and eucalyptus species in some areas, however, in other areas the exact causes of their decline is still unknown, but may be linked to global climate change or disease.
Red List Species of the Day - 11th April
The Inagua Rockrose is classified as 'Critically Endangered' on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species of Spanish Vascular Flora. This plant is exclusive to the Canary Islands (Gran Canaria), where it has only been found in a small area located in the western sector of the island. This plant owes its status on the Red List to a forest fire which destroyed majority of the plants in July of 2007. Impact of herbivores appears to be a major threat to this species. A certain amount of habitat fragmentation and low levels of recruitment due to increasingly frequent periods of drought are also factors in the decline of the Inagua Rockrose.