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“World’s 100 Rarest Species” Listed – What do you think?

Discussion in 'Wildlife & Nature Conservation' started by findi, 29 Nov 2012.

  1. findi

    findi Well-Known Member

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    Hi All,
    A unique list of species facing imminent extinction was released by the Zoological Society of London at the recent (September, 2012) World Conservation Congress in Jeju, South Korea. Included were a number of reptiles, amphibians and a tarantula. As a former member of several IUCN Species Survival Commissions, I was eager to learn the current thinking on the world’s most threatened creatures. I’ll summarize below…any opinions you may have concerning “passed over” species would be most appreciated (please post below).
    I’ve worked with several animals given the dubious honor of “World’s Rarest”, including the Batagur Turtle and Jamaican Iguana, and was heartened to see that zoos and private individuals are still contributing mightily to their protection. However, many of listed species are poorly-studied, and draw few supporters. Unfortunately, two such creatures that I’ve cared for in the past – the Chittenango Ovate Amber Snail and the Tanzanian Spray Toad – are now extinct in the wild. Read article here Reptiles, Amphibians, Tarantulas among ?World?s 100 Rarest Species? That Reptile Blog.
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  2. Surroundx

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    TeaLovingDave Moderator Staff Member 10+ year member

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    It would be quite interesting to know how many species in that top 25 have been seen by members of this site; offhand I'm pretty sure 7 of them have been (Northern White Rhino, Hainan Black Crested Gibbon, South China Tiger, Spix's Macaw, Eastern Black Crested Gibbon, Kakapo and Iberian Lynx) but couldn't say about the others.
     
  4. Maguari

    Maguari Never could get the hang of Thursdays. 15+ year member Premium Member

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    Of Surroundx's list I've seen Northern White Rhino, Partula faba and Cat Ba Langur. I've come ever so close to seeing Yangtze Giant Softshell (well, the Hoan Kiem individual, listed separately) but failed - missed it by about an hour!
     
  5. findi

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    Excellent list, thank you. We have better data on mammal/birds than other groups, but even so your list contains some that do not appear on most other lists. Best, Frank
     
  6. Maguari

    Maguari Never could get the hang of Thursdays. 15+ year member Premium Member

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    Had a sudden moment of self-doubt re: P. faba - checked my photos and yes, they are indeed on show at Bristol, albeit at the back of the Partula room (other species can be seen much closer-to). Photo of the tanks attached.
     

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