Carnivorous plants are in danger from poaching and habitat destruction – we must assess them all for The IUCN Red List to guide vital conservation action. Thanks to your support, we’ve reached our initial USD 25,000 target, allowing us to bring together experts for the first assessment workshop in August 2016.
The next step will require fieldwork in remote locations to enable the assessment of poorly known species. Assessors will work unpaid but the expeditions need to be funded. Thus, we need to raise an additional USD 100,000 - will you help?
Why Carnivorous Plants?
Carnivorous plants defy “normal” plant behaviour. They absorb nitrogen and other nutrients from prey rather than from soil.
Countless organisms, from bacteria to swimming ants to woolly bats, depend on carnivorous plants for food and shelter.
For example, woolly bats roost in Nepenthes pitcher plants to keep their wings moist and free of parasites. In exchange, the plant gets nutritious bat poo!
Agricultural expansion and logging and mining operations are destroying carnivorous plant habitat.
Many rare species have a high black market value and are therefore poached and illegally traded.
80% of the world's ~750 carnivorous plant species have not yet been assessed for The IUCN Red List. We need this information to guide critical conservation action.
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