17th May 2019
Today marks Endangered Species Day and we thought we'd introduce you to some of animals that we are working to safeguard. Meet Juan, or the Juan Fernandez Mackerel as he's known officially! He is one of many hundreds of species of fish that live in the Western Indian Ocean, a region that is heavily impacted by human activities including overfishing, pollution and habitat degradation.
Rob, our IUCN Red List Officer has been collecting data and working with experts to assess the fishes of this ocean. What is important about Juan was that him and his species were assessed as VULNERABLE meaning that they are facing a high risk of extinction.
By identifying this, Rob and other experts have taken the first steps towards changing the future for this species. This is what the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is all about and we proud to be working with them to make a real difference.
Our partnership with IUCN has proven so effective and popular, other zoos and aquariums across the world also joined forces with the IUCN in 2018. They are all now doing their bit to save species from extinction too. As part of his role, our Red List Officer helps to train, guide and support these new partnerships, growing an international team of Red List Officers all contributing to the important work of the #RedList.
Find out more about Juan and the work we are doing here.
Image credit to: fishbiosystem.ru