The IUCN Red Lists of Threatened Species
The two most recent IUCN Red Lists are the 1996 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals, and the 1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants.
The 1996 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is a landmark publication for two reasons:
The introductory sections of The 1996 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals, including articles about the new Categories, analysis of the findings in this Red List, information on the sources and quality of data, and two guest essays, are posted here. The actual list of threatened animals is in a searchable database maintained by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. The printed version of the 1996 Red List contains the list which was current at the time of printing (September 1996). The web version will be periodically updated in light of new information.
The 1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants is also a landmark publication, as it is the first ever comprehensive listing of plants at a global scale. Assessing only vascular plants, analyses of the data in the 1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants revealed that nearly 34,000 species are threatened with extinction. A Reviewer's Aid (in English and Spanish) which outlines the findings is available here. A searchable database of listings included in the publication is maintained by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre.
Copies of both publications are available from:
IUCN Publications Service Unit,
219c Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0DL, United Kingdom
IUCN Publications can be ordered on line through our World Conservation Bookstore.
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