WWF Statement on IUCN Down-listings for Mountain Gorillas and Fin Whales

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced its update to the Red List of Threatened Species with positive news – the status of the fin whale has been revised from Endangered to Vulnerable and for mountain gorillas – from Critically Endangered to Endangered. In response, WWF issued the following statements: 

“Today’s announcement by IUCN on the down-listing of Fin whales and Mountain gorillas shows that these threatened species are slowly beginning to recover due in part to strategic policy changes as well as practical and concerted conservation action. The announcement brings a great sense of hope and demonstrates just what can be achieved when people make conscious decisions to protect nature. But let’s not be complacent, WWF’s recently published Living Planet Report clearly indicates that the health of our planet is at serious risk and the gains made with these species can quickly be eroded if conservation efforts are not sustained and scaled up.”

–Magaret Kinnaird, Wildlife Practice Leader 

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