Biodiversity : Features

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  • 3. Pigmy hog rescue

    23 March 2001

    The pigmy hog (Sus salvanius) is the world's smallest, rarest and probably the most specialised wild pig. It is also an important 'indicator species' - that is one of the first to disappear in a disturbed area (including many so-called protected areas).

  • 4. The Midwife toad

    23 March 2001

    The Mallorcan Midwife Toad or Ferreret (Alytes muletensis) is one of the world's rarest amphibians. Confined to a few remote ravines in the mountains of Mallorca, it is found only at high altitudes where snakes that prey on it in the rest of the island cannot live.

  • 5. Chameleon's luck

    23 March 2001

    The Cape dwarf chameleon (Bradypodion pumilum) once common in the wine-growing region of Stellenbosch, South Africa, has plummeted in numbers due to the use of modern pesticides and mechanical harvesting techniques.

  • 6. Snake survival

    23 March 2001

    The Irulas from Tamil Nadu, in southern India are legendary for their skills as snake catchers. And before the snakeskin trade was banned in 1972, these tribal people killed millions of snakes in the Chinglepet District to supply the trade.

  • Saving species, saving people

    20 March 2001

    Efforts to secure the diversity of life forms on our planet are failing, in many cases, because the roots of the problem are not being adequately addressed, says the Uruguay-based World Rainforest Movement. Their view is published here in the interest of open discussion

  • Flagship Species: 1. Tigers

    5 March 2001

    The promotion of charismatic species, such as the tiger, is an important way of mobilising popular support for habitat conservation. In the first of a series of reports on Flagship Species, Peter Jackson says there is still a chance to save the tiger from extinction in the wild - if there is a will to do so.

  • 2. Elephants

    5 March 2001

    Elephants are thriving in parts of southern Africa. Charlie Pye-Smith travelled to Botswana and Zimbabwe to find out why.

  • 3. Birds

    5 March 2001

    For over 10 years BirdLife International has been using birds to identify areas of high species endemism, where conservation resources can be most effectively directed. Alison Stattersfield reports.

  • 4. Frogs

    5 March 2001

    'Amphibians may be harbingers of a global ecological catastrophe' says Professor Tim Halliday.

  • Is this Convention a lost cause?

    5 March 2001

    On December 29, 1993, the Convention on Biological Diversity came into force. It was heralded as the most important step yet on the road to sustainable development. Early in 1998, the fourth meeting of the Parties to the Convention met in Bratislava, Slovakia. Bogged down in complex detail, and deeply divided, the meeting met with little more than a yawn from Press and public. So what has been achieved and what can be hoped for? Erie Tamale, of the World Wide Fund for Nature, makes a personal assessment.