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Reintroduced Pair of Lear's Macaws Breeds in the Wild in Brazil

August 17, 2022

A pair of Lear's macaws bred at Loro Parque and reintroduced into the wild has produced a chick - a first in the conservation programme for this species. The conservation efforts of Loro Parque Fundación & partners led to a massive boost in the population numbers of this species, and in the downgrade of the threat status from "Critically Endangered" to "Endangered".

Iberian Lynx Population Still Growing & Reaches 1365 Animals in Portugal & Spain

June 22, 2022

The Iberian lynx population is still growing in the wild, with the latest surveys showing 1365 individuals in Portugal and Spain. Two decades ago this species was on the brink of extinction and this huge conservation success is due to a captive breeding & reintroduction programme, combined, of course, with in situ efforts. On a less cheerful note, over 100 deaths were recorded in 2021, with the main cause of mortality being roadkills.

Once on the Brink of Extinction, the Iberian Lynx is Making a Comeback!

May 29, 2021

2002: Iberian lynx on the brink of extinction, with fewer than 100 individuals left in Spain and virtually extinct in Portugal...


2021: Over 1,000 Iberian lynx have been recorded in the wild, with new populations in both Portugal and Spain. The ambitious Lynx ex-situ conservation programme has brought this species back from the brink. Now listed as "Endangered" in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, they are not yet out of danger but the future is looking far brighter.

IUCN Red List Updated: African Elephants Assessed as Two Separate Species for First Time

March 25, 2021

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species has been updated:


The African forest elephant (Critically Endangered) and the African savannah elephant (Endangered) have been assessed separately, as two different species, for the first time.


General stats:

134,425 total species assessed;

37,480 threatened species (27.9%);

900 Extinct, 79 Extinct in the Wild.

IUCN Red List Updated: Some Species Recovering but Many in Trouble

December 13, 2020

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species has been updated:

☹️28% of the 128,918 species assessed are threatened with extinction;

☹️All of freshwater dolphins now threatened;

☹️31 more species listed as "Extinct".


😃26 species are recovering, including European bison; 

😃European bison population increased thanks to reintroduction & in-situ efforts.

© Marta Filipa Bandeira

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