Photo Credit: Grahame Webb

Protecting more than just the cute and cuddly


Continuing our series of Conservation Heroes blogs are Resit Akçakaya, Dr Alexine Keuroghlian and Grahame Webb, whose work focuses on aspects of conservation that are not normally considered to involve cute and cuddly species.

Alexine with three baby peccaries
Credits : Dr Alexine Keuroghlian

In her blog, Dr Alexine Keuroghlian, a member of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Species Survival Commission (SSC) Peccary Specialist Group, describes her work to protect the White-lipped Peccary in Brazil where this species is not considered to be cute and cuddly. However, after seeing the photo that accompanies her blog you may disagree.

Grahame Webb, Chair of the IUCN SSC Crocodile Specialist Group, explains the challenges of conserving crocodiles and recalls the risks that scientists took in the 1970s when they under estimated the reaction a crocodile might have when being provoked.

Finally, Resit Akçakaya, Chair of the IUCN Standards and Petitions Subcommittee, describes the science behind maintaining the high standards of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.

You will find their blogs along with previous ‘Conservation Heroes’ blogs at the IUCN Blog.

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