Animal-World References:


  • The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ Their goal is to provide information and analyses on the status, trends and threats to species in order to inform and catalyse action for biodiversity conservation. It is widely recognized as the most comprehensive, objective global approach for evaluating the conservation status of plant and animal species.
  • CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora)
    “An international agreement between Governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. Roughly 5,000 species of animals and 28,000 species of plants are protected by CITES against over-exploitation.
  • ITIS Integrated Taxonomic Information System
    Provides authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of the world… to create an easily accessible database with reliable information on species names and their hierarchical classification.
  • Catalogue of Life: 30th April 2017, The Catalogue of Life combines the outputs of the Species 2000 and the ITIS (Integrated Taxonomic Information System). The Catalogue of Life is a comprehensive catalogue of all known species of organisms on Earth. Rapid progress has been made and this Catalogue of Life edition contains contributions from 157 databases with information on 1,628,180 living species. Probably just slightly over 2/3 of the world’s known species.
  • Encyclopedia of Life (EOL), Encyclopedia of Life began in 2007 with the bold idea to provide “a webpage for every species. This resource gathers, generates, and shares knowledge in an open, freely accessible and trusted digital resource to increase awareness and understanding of living nature.
  • ARKive
    ARKive is a ‘virtual’ conservation effort. “Using film, photographs and audio recordings, ARKive is creating a unique record of the world’s biodiversity – complementing other species information datasets, and making a key resource available for scientists, conservationists, educators and the general public.”
  • UNEP United Nations Environment Programme – WCMC World Conservation Monitoring Centre
    Their goal is “working towards a wiser world: one in which everyone recognizes that the diversity of life on Earth is vital to the future of humanity. The Centre strives to promote wiser decision-making and a sustainable future by providing information on the conservation and sustainable management of the living world”.
  • WORMS World Registry of Marine Species, “The aim of a World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) is to provide an authoritative and comprehensive list of names of marine organisms, including information on synonymy. While highest priority goes to valid names, other names in use are included so that this register can serve as a guide to interpret taxonomic literature”
  • FishBase, A global information system on fishes. A relational database developed at the WorldFish Center in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and many other partners along with support from the European Commission (EC) and a consortium of nine research institutions.
  • SeaLifeBase, A global information system on marine life. Assembled with the help of many partners, the support of the Oak Foundation, and the Global Geengrants Fund.
  • BirdLife International
    A global Partnership of conservation organisations that strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources.

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