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UN World Wildlife Day – restoring ecosystems

Thursday 3 March 2022 was UN World Wildlife Day, with the theme “Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration”.

This year the focus was on the most critically endangered species of wild fauna and flora, and why we need to conserve them in order to restore the world’s damaged ecosystems.

According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, over 8,700 animal and plant species are critically endangered. More than half of this total are plants. Also on the list  are 739 fish, 717 molluscs, 679 arthropods, 673 amphibians, 433 reptiles, 229 mammals and 225 birds.

NPL has outstanding coverage on endangered species and our new World Wildlife Day 2022 gallery focuses on critically endangered species of animals and plants.

Raising awareness is a crucial first step towards protecting endangered species and restoring ecosystems. Why not take the next step and support some vital conservation work? You’ll find some great organisations to consider on the NPL conservation page.

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Photos: © Klein & Hubert, Clay Bolt, Alex Mustard, Loic Poidevin /