We are currently losing species at an alarming rate. One every 20 minutes. The modern era has had the largest number of species lost in a single generation. Species are threatened by a number of factors, including habitat destruction, the illegal wildlife trade and climate change.
As the world change, species must adapt to survive. However, at the current rate of change, destroying 1,200 acres of forest and emiting 180,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere worldwide, species don't have time to evolve.
CI and its partners have placed species protection and survival at the forefront of their conservation plan.
Rapid Assessment Program (RAP)
Our Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) sends scientists to priority areas to explore and record the local wildlife, leading to data which helps determine how threatened the ecosystem is. Many new species and re-discoveries have been found on these expeditions, but they also can bring back news, alerting us to wildlife on the brink of extinction or those that have disappeared forever.
Panda Survival Plan
There are fewer than 1,600 pandas left in the wild today and half of them live scattered across unprotected forest fragments throughout the Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces of Southwest China. In anticipation of the movie Kung Fu Panda, CI and partners Shanshui, McDonald's and Dreamworks teamed up to help save pandas.
The Blue Auction
On September 20, 2007, CI, in partnership with the Monaco-Asia Society and HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, held an international auction for the rights to name 10 of the 50 new species discovered in the Bird's Head seascape. The auction worked to raise $1,595,000 to be used exclusively for three priority conservation programs in the Bird's Head Seascape.
Stop the Clock
We are losing one endangered species every 20 minutes. That means one more species your children or grandchildren will not get to experience. CI collected signatures to present to policymakers around the world, letting them know that species survival is a global issue and to help put an end to the high rate of extinction.