Ground Zero for Endangered species:

New program to Assist Animals on the Brink Across SE Asia

by Lacey Avery

Organizations within the international conservation community are joining forces to minimize impending extinctions in Southeast Asia, where habitat loss, trade and hunting have contributed to a dramatic decline in wildlife. The coalition is aptly named ASAP, or the Asian Species Action Partnership.

“ASAP began as a response to alarming results revealed in a 2008 comprehensive assessment for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species,” Rachel Roberts, International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC) network coordination officer, told mongabay.com.

The assessment revealed a heavy concentration of threatened mammals in Southeast Asia with similar trends observed for other animals. In response, interested conservation organizations came together in a joint call for action…

(read more: Monga Bay)

images: M - Tamaraw, by Gregg Yan; M - Orangutan, by Eleifert | Wikipedia; B - Sumatran Rhino, by Jeremy Hance

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