IUCN Red List Status

Himalayan Medicinal Plants in IUCN Red List

Three medicinal plant species in the Himalayas have been included in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. These are Meizotropis pellita (critically endangered), Fritilloria cirrhosa (vulnerable) and Dactylorhiza hatagirea (endangered). About Meizotropis pellita Meizotropis pellita is commonly known as ..



Sharks and Seahorses found in Thames River

During a recent health check of London’s famous River Thames, it was found that, it is now home to seahorses, seals, eels, and sharks. Key Points The survey was conducted by Zoological Society of London (ZSL). This news is significant, ..


IUCN: 11% of Indian sharks, rays and chimaeras face high risk of extinction

The International Union for Conservation of Nature recently found that Sharks, Rays and Chimeras are facing high risk of extinction. The Shark Specialist Group held an assessment in the Exclusive Economic Zone and found that out of 170 species of ..


Can Alligators regrow their tails?

Recently, a study has found that similar to small reptiles like geckos, the alligators can also sacrifice and regrow their tails. Young American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) can regrow up to 18 percent of their total body length back, about 23 ..


Baltic Sea: Seal Pups face tough winter due to reduced ice levels

The Seals need ice to keep themselves safe from predators such as wolves and foxes. However, the declining ice in the Baltic sea has disrupted their survivals Highlights With depleting ice levels, the seals are forced to inhabit the islets ..


Red Panda Species are two separate species

On February 29, 2020, the Chinese Academy of Sciences have discovered that the red panda species are actually two separate species. Earlier, both the Himalayan red pandas and the Chinese red Pandas were together considered as red panda species. However, ..