Celebrating 50 years of the IUCN Red List

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03/11/2014

The IUCN Red List is the world’s most comprehensive information source on the conservation status of animal throughout the world. 

As well as being a way to record and monitor the conservation status of many species, the Red List aims to convey the urgency of conservation issues to the public and policy makers, to ultimately try and reduce species extinction.

This year the IUCN are celebrating 50 years of the IUCN Red List and the important role it plays in global conservation. 

At Blackpool Zoo, we actively raise awareness about the conservation of threatened species and we currently support 9 conservation organisations. Every visit to the zoo helps towards the goal of conserving threatened species, as your admission fee assists in caring for the animals involved in captive breeding programmes, which facilitate biodiversity and may save species from extinction. 

A large number of our animals are on the IUCN red list, anywhere from least concern to critically endangered. Throughout November we'll be highighting some of these species across our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. 

To find out more about the IUCN Red List, visit their website.