Red List Species of the Day - 14th April
The Madagascar Pochard is classified as 'Critically Endangered' on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is the rarest duck in the world and when they were not sighted for 15 years were presumed extinct, until 2006 when 20 individuals were suprisingly discovered. They were found living hundreds of kilometers from where they had last been seen. They owe their status to the introduction of exotic fish into lakes across the island. Its potential recovery is further threatened by extensive conversion of wetlands to rice production and certain fishing practices which are deadly to diving ducks.
Red List Species of the Day - 13th April
The Northern Muriqui is listed as 'Critically Endangered' on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. This species occurs in the Atlantic Forests in parts of Eastern Brazil, where it has been a flagship species for the conservation of this fragile habitat. This species now exists in only a handful of small and isolated subpopulations. This group of primates have been widely hunted for food and sport, and the widespread destruction of its forests is now putting the Northern Muriqui at serious risk of extinction.