Re-establishing the IUCN SSC Anole Specialist Group – Anole Annals

In Fall 2011, the Worldwide Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Fee (SSC) Anoline Lizard Specialist Group (ALSG) was authorised. The group had a very good run for a number of years earlier than getting into a interval of inactivity. At current, all IUCN exercise pertaining to anoles goes by the IUCN Snake and Lizard Crimson Checklist Authority, quite than an anole-specific IUCN Specialist Group.

Luke Mahler stated it effectively again in his 2012 Anole Annals submit:

Anoles are well-known for lots of causes, however conservation shouldn’t be one among them.

Sadly – and regardless of the deep appreciation and fascination many people have with anoles – anole conservation nonetheless appears to be on the backburner. This doesn’t stem from an absence of caring, however quite from an absence of time. With over 380 anole species described, the shortage of an Anoline Lizard SG gives the look that anole biologists don’t care about their conservation. I do know this isn’t true and I’m due to this fact within the means of gauging curiosity in re-establishing an IUCN SSC Specialist Group that might develop conservation, science, and outreach actions to facilitate the survival of untamed anoles of their pure habitats.

Please fill out this quick Google kind you probably have any curiosity in serving to re-establish the IUCN SSC Anoline Lizard Specialist Group.

I wish to underscore that when the ALSG was lively, anole biologists contributed to many anole Crimson Checklist assessments and different vital conservation actions for quite a few anole species. This was a significant enchancment in comparison with what little had been finished for anole conservation previous to the institution of the ALSG. The preliminary institution of the ALSG was an enormous step in the correct path, however we’ve to maintain going. There stays loads of motion to be taken to preserve anoles, significantly anoles which might be comparatively understudied, happen at low densities, have small or restricted distributions, or are actively going through habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation (and extra). Re-establishing the IUCN SSC ALSG will give us a platform by which to construct an anole conservation community as we work to enhance anole conservation efforts globally.

I’d additionally like to emphasise that our work won’t cease at merely re-establishing the SG. We might want to develop targets and aims for the group and discover methods to succeed in these targets – all in an effort to advertise and enhance anole conservation. As you all know, there are quite a lot of anoles species and due to this fact, we want lots of people on board!

Please be at liberty to succeed in out to me at with any questions you’ll have.

I’m hopeful and excited to speak with a lot of you about how we will develop a thriving and lively ALSG within the close to future!

All the perfect,

Anna Thonis

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