Global Reptile Assessment
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From left to right: Zhou’s Box Turtle (Cuora zhoui), IUCN Red List Status: Critically Endangered. Otago Skink (Oligosoma otagense), IUCN Red List Status: Endangered. King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah), IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable.
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From left to right: Photo by Christian Langner, Allwetter Zoo. Photo by Bernard Spragg. Photo by Mark Auliya.

Narrative success stories about your organization and what you accomplished. This can include the people associated with or impacted by the organization. Please limit your stories to 300 words each. If you have this information already available online or in document format, please upload or link those below.After 15 years of research, one year of data analysis, and one year in review, the results of the Global Reptile Assessment were published in the journal Nature in April 2022. The assessment, led by NatureServe, found that at least 21% of all reptile species globally are threatened with extinction.
The research revealed that efforts to conserve threatened mammals, birds, and amphibians are more likely than expected to co-benefit many threatened reptiles. Although reptiles are well known to inhabit arid habitats such as deserts and scrubland, most reptile species occur in forested habitats, where they –and other vertebrate groups – suffer from threats such as logging and conversion of forest to agriculture. The study found that 30% of forest-dwelling reptiles are at risk of extinction, compared with 14% of reptiles in arid habitats.
The study also highlighted what we stand to lose if we fail to protect reptiles. If each of the 1,829 threatened reptiles became extinct, we would lose a combined 15.6 billion years of evolutionary history—including countless adaptations for living in diverse environments.

Over One-third of biodiversity in the United States is at risk of disappearing: new report by NatureServe addresses biodiversity crisis

This report really confirms that biodiversity in the United States is in crisis.

34% of plants are at risk of extinction

40% of animals

And 41% of ecosystems are at risk of collapse

We need conservation strategies that are science-based and really focused on areas where they can have the greatest impact.

That might mean targeting solutions to a particular species that’s at really high risk,

or broader strategies that address the whole needs of ecosystems

The data that are available in this report allow us to make science-based decisions about what species and ecosystems are at risk and where they are so that we can make the most effective conservation decisions.

We have the information we need to make effective decisions right now.

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