This World Wildlife Day, we’re celebrating the species that are making great leaps up the ladder away from extinction.
Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970 and more than 40% of insect species are in decline. But a recent reassessment of species in the Peruvian Amazon, Congo Basin and Coastal rainforests of Papua New Guinea by IUCN has shown there are some celebrations to be had.
The IUCN Red List is a tool for monitoring the species that are under threat, but also chance to celebrate the recovery of species’ populations and measure their conservation success.
From pollinating our crops to keeping a varied food chain, wildlife of all shapes and sizes are essential to the healthy functioning of ecosystems on Earth. Yet without urgent action, there’s a very real possibility that most species will not make it past the next turn of the century.
Nowhere is this threat more real than in rainforest areas. The knock-on effects and benefits of halting deforestation are felt far and wide, from protecting habitats to ensuring a diverse range of food for them to eat. The rainforest is home to 5 million species, many of which are found nowhere else on Earth. They are not only fascinating to see, but have provided rainforest communities with everything from medicines to food.
Despite living alongside these species in the forest for generations, many will never see them. That’s why Cool Earth’s biodiversity officer in Papua New Guinea, Isaac Dauge, is committed to capturing as many of these rare species on camera for the local community. Skilfull and knowledgeable on all things wildlife, he has told us he is looking forward to sharing this awareness with other neighbouring communities at today’s World Wildlife Day mini-festival happening in Gadaisu.
We look forward to sharing camera-trap images of these species with you in the coming weeks.
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