A growing number of bird species are being driven to extinction in Southeast Asia, fuelled by an escalation in the wild bird trade. Some species have long been known to be victims of this practice – but more and more species, such as Helmeted Hornbill, are being added to this list.
Asia’s turtles and tortoises
Turtles and tortoises have been around since the age of the dinosaurs, but now they are among the most endangered groups of animals on the planet. And South-east Asia has more Critically Endangered species than anywhere else. Fortunately, these beleaguered populations can be helped.
Jewels of the Caribbean
Caribbean reptiles are among the most threatened reptiles in the world. The Caribbean islands are one of the world’s greatest biodiversity hotspots, supporting more than 6% of all reptile species. But sadly, this hotspot also has the highest extinction rates, accounting for over 65% of reptile extinctions since 1500. Illegal trade now threatens several of the survivors.