Conservation Success for Disco Cactus and Many Other Threatened Species

May 9, 2014 8:17 PM

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Conservation Success for Disco Cactus and Many Other Threatened Species

With all the news of threats to biodiversity and species out there, sometimes it’s tough to remember that conservation succeeds. In 2013, fifteen species had their conservation status genuinely downgraded to lower threat categories on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. This means that there was sufficient evidence that their populations were increasing and there was a decrease in the perceived threat to the species. Throughout the year IUCN will bring you many more conservation success stories from the past several years. To get started, here are five of the species from 2013 that are moving in the right direction .

This Discocactus species has a very restricted range. It is known from only three locations in Brazil that are all within 100km2 and all of cacti are found within 6km2l. It declined substantially in the past due to collection for the international horticulture trade as well as local quartz extractio...

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