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Conservation Status

  • Photo Ark entrance

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    Joel Sartore's Photo Ark is a project with a simple goal, to raise awareness and inspire people to care about these animals.  

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    1. Have you heard of an endangered animal?

    2. Can you name an endangered animal? 

     

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  • IUCN Red List

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    Chart source: http://www.iucnredlist.org/about/introduction


    The term “Endangered Animal” refers to an animal’s conservation status.  

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species is one ranking of conservation status.  

    Starting at the top of the chart

    Extinct (EX) - this means that there are no more animals left.

    Question: Can you name an extinct animal?

    Extinct in the Wild (EW) - This means all the remaining animals are held in captivity.

    The next group, Critically Endangered, Endangered, and Vulnerable, are considered the threatened category. Animals in these categories are at high risk for extinction.

    The next two categories, Near Threatened and Least Concern, mean these animals are doing okay. They are included on this list to monitor their status to make sure they remain in these categories.

    The final two categories, Data Deficient and Not Evaluated, mean we do not have enough information to determine conservation status.

     

     

     

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  • Determining Factors

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    Determining conservation status takes more than just looking at the number of animals alive today.  The many factors that go into determining conservation status include: population, habitat, and possibility of extinction.

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  • Population

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    Population considerations include: population size, population reduction rate, and population restrictions.  

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  • Francois Langurs

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    Photographer: Joel Sartore 

    Animal: Francois Langur

    Native Habitat: Southern China and Viet Nam, in an area known as the South China Karst

    Conservation status: Endangered


    One reason the Francois Langur is considered endangered is due to its population reduction rate. According to the IUCN website, the Francois Langur population has declined approximately 50% in the past 36 years. Major threats are hunting and habitat loss.

     

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  • Habitat

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    Habitat is another major factor in determining conservation status.  Habitat loss is a major threat to animal conservation. 

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  • Giraffe

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    Photographer: Joel Sartore

    Location: Murchison Falls National Park in the Albertine Rift

    Giraffe IUCN conservation status - Least Concern

    Last assessed - 2010


    Recent population estimates suggest a decline in total giraffe population.  The Murchison Falls National Park, a habitat for giraffe, is threatened due to oil drilling. The oil drilling means that the giraffe do not have access to the habitat and the increase in cars and roads make what habitat they can access not very clean.

    Question: If the deterioration of Murchison Falls National Park continues what do you think will happen to the IUCN status of the giraffe?

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  • Monarch Butterflies

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    Photo Credit: Joel Sartore 

    Location: Sierra Chincua, Mexico 

    Animal: Monarch butterfly 

    Conservation Status: Near Threatened 


    Question: Can anyone tell me what this animal is? 

    Monarch butterflies migrate during the winter.  One of their winter locations are Sierra Chincua, Mexico.  Logging threatens this habitat.

    Question: If logging continues till there is no forest left, what do you think will happen to the monarch butterfly?

     

     

     

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  • Probability of Extinction

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    Another factor in determining IUCN status is the probability of extinction.  

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  • Northern White Rhino

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    Photo Credit: Joel Sartore

    Animal: Northern White Rhino (The northern white rhino is considered a sub species of white rhino.) 

    Conservation Status: Extinct in the Wild  


    There are only three northern white rhinos left in the world, two females and one male.  This animal is on the brink of extinction.  All three northern white rhinos are currently kept in Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy.  

    Question: Do you remember the three things you look at in terms of population to determine conservation status? 

    The northern white rhino is on the brink of extinction due to population restrictions.  The three remaining animals will probably not reproduce.  

    The northern white rhino is a subspecies of white rhino.  There is also a southern white rhino.  Conservation efforts brought the southern white rhino back from the brink of extinction.  

     

     

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  • IUCN Red List

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    There are many factors that go into determining an animal's conservation status.  The decisions we make today can make a difference for many of these animals.  

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  • Panda Cubs

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    Photo Credit: Joel Sartore 

    Animal: Giant Panda

    Conservation Status: Endangered 

    Last assessed: 2008 


    Question: What animal is this? 

    A considerable amount of effort is going into saving the giant panda.  The last complete IUCN survey was conducted in 2008, but recent smaller surveys indicated the wild giant panda population is on the rise.   

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