Animals

Conservation status

The IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) produces the Red List of Threatened Species which gives the conservation status of many animals and plants. This list uses terms such as ‘Near Threatened’ and ‘Vulnerable’ which we feel are not easily understandable to many of our visitors, especially children.

Therefore at Drusillas we use three categories – Endangered, Rare and Common. On our website and in our guide book this is reinforced by a traffic light system – red (endangered), yellow (rare) and green (common).

Drusillas primarily uses the IUCN Red List when deciding which category an animal should be in, but also takes into account CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) information and other up to date conservation initiatives.

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