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A United Nations report published in May 2019 warns that a staggering one million species of plants and animals are at risk of going extinct. The landmark global assessment, compiled by more than 145 scientists in 50 countries, highlights the losses biodiversity has suffered in the last half century and which species will become extinct – many within decades – if human pressures such as deforestation, overfishing, and pollution of the planet’s air and water are not curbed.

Collectively, our planet’s living species provide us with food, air, clean water and more. When nature suffers, people suffer. At a time when species are being lost tens or even hundreds of times faster than ever before, the report provides a clarion call for reversing the trend of biodiversity decline.

According to the report, the drivers of this rapid deterioration in ecosystem health are changes in land and sea use, direct exploitation of animals and plants, climate change, pollution, and invasive alien species, in that order. The report stresses the urgent need for transformative change to protect the planet and sets out possible pathways for building a global sustainable economy.
Male Babirusa (Babyrousa celebensis) from the Island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Captive, Singapore Zoo. - Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Male Babirusa (Babyrousa celebensis) from the Island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Captive, Singapore Zoo.
Golden-headed Lion Tamarin (Leontopithecus chrysomelas) displaying, native to Brazil - Thomas Marent
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Thomas Marent / Golden-headed Lion Tamarin (Leontopithecus chrysomelas) displaying, native to Brazil
Head portrait of Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) looking at camera with curiosity. Captive-Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, within Way Kambas National Park, Lampung Province, southern Sumatra, Indo... - Mark Carwardine
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Mark Carwardine / Head portrait of Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) looking at camera with curiosity. Captive-Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, within Way Kambas National Park, Lampung Province, southern Sumatra, Indo...
Arunachal macaque (Macaca munzala) Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, India. Endangered species. - Sandesh  Kadur
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Sandesh Kadur / Arunachal macaque (Macaca munzala) Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh, India. Endangered species.
Wild female Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) on rocky hillside, Kedrovaya Pad reserve, Primorsky Krai, Far East Russia, January. Critically endangered species. Commended in Wildlife Photograp... - Vladimir  Medvedev
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Vladimir Medvedev / Wild female Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) on rocky hillside, Kedrovaya Pad reserve, Primorsky Krai, Far East Russia, January. Critically endangered species. Commended in Wildlife Photograp...
RF - Amazon river dolphin (Inia geoffrensis) leaping out of water. Rio Negro, Amazonas, Brazil. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.) - Sylvain Cordier
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Sylvain Cordier / RF - Amazon river dolphin (Inia geoffrensis) leaping out of water. Rio Negro, Amazonas, Brazil. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Numbat portrait {Myrmecobius fasciatus} Australia. Did you know? An adult Numbat eats up to 20,000 termites each day. - John Cancalosi
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John Cancalosi / Numbat portrait {Myrmecobius fasciatus} Australia. Did you know? An adult Numbat eats up to 20,000 termites each day.
An Australian Sea Lion (Neophoca cinerea) bathing in the sun at the surface. Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia. Southern Ocean. November - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / An Australian Sea Lion (Neophoca cinerea) bathing in the sun at the surface. Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia. Southern Ocean. November
Giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) subadult climbing in a tree, Sichuan Province, China. Captive - Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) subadult climbing in a tree, Sichuan Province, China. Captive
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) feeding, Chobe National Park, Botswana. - Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) feeding, Chobe National Park, Botswana.
Sichuan or Tibetan takin (Budorcas taxicolor tibetana) walking through a forest in Tangjiahe National Nature Reserve, Qingchuan County, Sichuan province, China - Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China
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Staffan Widstrand / Wild Wonders of China / Sichuan or Tibetan takin (Budorcas taxicolor tibetana) walking through a forest in Tangjiahe National Nature Reserve, Qingchuan County, Sichuan province, China
White naped crane (Grus vipio) Kyushu, Japan - Ben  Cranke
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Ben Cranke / White naped crane (Grus vipio) Kyushu, Japan
Waldrapp (Geronticus eremita), Johannesburg Zoo, Johannesburg, South Africa - Martin Willis
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Martin Willis / Waldrapp (Geronticus eremita), Johannesburg Zoo, Johannesburg, South Africa
Gibson's Albatross (Diomedea antipodensis gibsoni) in flight, Kaikoura coastline in the background. Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand, Januray. - Andy Trowbridge
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Andy Trowbridge / Gibson's Albatross (Diomedea antipodensis gibsoni) in flight, Kaikoura coastline in the background. Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand, Januray.
Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) in flight, Hokkaido, Japan.  February. - Ben  Cranke
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Ben Cranke / Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) in flight, Hokkaido, Japan. February.
Whale headed / Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) vocalising. Swamps of Mabamba, Lake Victoria, Uganda. - Eric Baccega
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Eric Baccega / Whale headed / Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) vocalising. Swamps of Mabamba, Lake Victoria, Uganda.
Chestnut-mandibled Toucan (Ramphastos ambiguus swainsonii) adult bird perched on the edge of the forest. Laguana del Lagarto, Costa Rica, Central America. - Mary McDonald
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Mary McDonald / Chestnut-mandibled Toucan (Ramphastos ambiguus swainsonii) adult bird perched on the edge of the forest. Laguana del Lagarto, Costa Rica, Central America.
Hyacinth macaws (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) interacting, Estrada Parque, Pantanal, Brazil. - Bence  Mate
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Bence Mate / Hyacinth macaws (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) interacting, Estrada Parque, Pantanal, Brazil.
Corncrake {Crex crex} calling in meadow, North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK. - Andy Sands
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Andy Sands / Corncrake {Crex crex} calling in meadow, North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK.
Galapagos penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) Isla Tortuga, Isabela Island, Galapagos - Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Galapagos penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) Isla Tortuga, Isabela Island, Galapagos
Moss rainfrog (Pristimantis eriphus) siting on leaf, Cosango, Napo Ecuador, Vulnerable species. - Lucas Bustamante
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Lucas Bustamante / Moss rainfrog (Pristimantis eriphus) siting on leaf, Cosango, Napo Ecuador, Vulnerable species.
Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius) head portrait, Port Douglas, North Queensland, Australia~Captive. - Steven David Miller
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Steven David Miller / Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius) head portrait, Port Douglas, North Queensland, Australia~Captive.
Giant Titicaca Lake frog {Telmatobius culeus} Lake Titicaca. Bolivia / Peru - Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Giant Titicaca Lake frog {Telmatobius culeus} Lake Titicaca. Bolivia / Peru
RF - Granular poison frog (Oophaga granulifera). Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. Vulnerable species. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.) - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / RF - Granular poison frog (Oophaga granulifera). Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. Vulnerable species. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
male Bombay Bubble-nest Frog (Raorchestes bombayensis) calling, vocal sac inflated. Western Ghats, India. Vulnerable species. - Bert Willaert
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Bert Willaert / male Bombay Bubble-nest Frog (Raorchestes bombayensis) calling, vocal sac inflated. Western Ghats, India. Vulnerable species.
Grand Cayman Island blue iguana (Cyclura lewisi)  wide angle view, in captive breeding program at Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands. - Will Burrard-Lucas
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Will Burrard-Lucas / Grand Cayman Island blue iguana (Cyclura lewisi) wide angle view, in captive breeding program at Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands.
Fiji Banded Iguana (Brachylophus fasciatus) on plant, native to Fiji - ZSSD
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ZSSD / Fiji Banded Iguana (Brachylophus fasciatus) on plant, native to Fiji
RF - Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) swimming over a coral reef. Whilst a Predatory bandcheek wrasse (Oxycheilinus digrammus) is hiding underneath the turtle to enable it to sneak closer... - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / RF - Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) swimming over a coral reef. Whilst a Predatory bandcheek wrasse (Oxycheilinus digrammus) is hiding underneath the turtle to enable it to sneak closer...
Lance-nosed chameleon (Calumma gallus), Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. Madagascar - Emanuele Biggi
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Emanuele Biggi / Lance-nosed chameleon (Calumma gallus), Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. Madagascar
Cuban crocodile (Crocodylus rhombifer) in a cenote in Cienaga de Zapata National Park. Cuba. Critically endangered species. - Shane Gross
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Shane Gross / Cuban crocodile (Crocodylus rhombifer) in a cenote in Cienaga de Zapata National Park. Cuba. Critically endangered species.
A female Thorny Seahorse (Hippocampus histrix). Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia, Java Sea, September. - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / A female Thorny Seahorse (Hippocampus histrix). Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia, Java Sea, September.
Alpine longhorn beetle (Rosalia alpina) a rare and protected longhorn beetle living on rotten chestnut tree trunks, Cantabria, Spain, August - Andres M. Dominguez
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Andres M. Dominguez / Alpine longhorn beetle (Rosalia alpina) a rare and protected longhorn beetle living on rotten chestnut tree trunks, Cantabria, Spain, August
Apollo butterfly (Parnassius apollo) Nordtirol, Austrian Alps, July. - Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / Apollo butterfly (Parnassius apollo) Nordtirol, Austrian Alps, July.
Deserta Grande wolf spider (Hogna ingens), Deserta Grande, Madeira, Portugal. Critically endangered. - Emanuele Biggi
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Emanuele Biggi / Deserta Grande wolf spider (Hogna ingens), Deserta Grande, Madeira, Portugal. Critically endangered.
African elephant (Loxodonta africana) at sunset by water, Etosha National Park, Namibia October - Tony Heald
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Tony Heald / African elephant (Loxodonta africana) at sunset by water, Etosha National Park, Namibia October
Asiatic elephants (Elephas maximus), dust bathing at dawn. Jim Corbett National Park, India. - Yashpal Rathore
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Yashpal Rathore / Asiatic elephants (Elephas maximus), dust bathing at dawn. Jim Corbett National Park, India.
Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris) female 'T19 Krishna', Ranthambhore, India - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris) female 'T19 Krishna', Ranthambhore, India
African leopard (Panthera pardus) South Luangwa, Zambia. - Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse / African leopard (Panthera pardus) South Luangwa, Zambia.
Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) wild female, wet after having crossed river, in mountain valley, Uchkul River, Sarychat-Ertash Strict Nature Reserve, Tien Shan Mountains, eastern Kyrgyzstan - Sebastian Kennerknecht
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Sebastian Kennerknecht / Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) wild female, wet after having crossed river, in mountain valley, Uchkul River, Sarychat-Ertash Strict Nature Reserve, Tien Shan Mountains, eastern Kyrgyzstan
Amur / Siberian Tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) female in the wild, in forest, Lazovskiy zapovednik / Lazo Reserve protected area/  Primorskiy krai, Far Eastern Russia, February 2012 - Vladimir Medvedev
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Vladimir Medvedev / Amur / Siberian Tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) female in the wild, in forest, Lazovskiy zapovednik / Lazo Reserve protected area/ Primorskiy krai, Far Eastern Russia, February 2012
African Lion (Panthera leo) mother with young at sunrise (Notch's pride), Masai Mara GR, Kenya, February *Not available for print-on-demand until August 2015* - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / African Lion (Panthera leo) mother with young at sunrise (Notch's pride), Masai Mara GR, Kenya, February *Not available for print-on-demand until August 2015*
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) family walking female hunting, Maasai Mara, Kenya, Africa - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) family walking female hunting, Maasai Mara, Kenya, Africa
Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus), Sierra de Andujar Natural Park, Jaen, Spain, September. - Andres M. Dominguez
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Andres M. Dominguez / Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus), Sierra de Andujar Natural Park, Jaen, Spain, September.
Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) foraging for termites, taken during a biodiversity survey in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. - Jen Guyton
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Jen Guyton / Ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii) foraging for termites, taken during a biodiversity survey in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique.
Red panda (Ailurus fulgens) walking along branch of tree, Singalila National Park, West Bengal, India. - Ben  Cranke
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Ben Cranke / Red panda (Ailurus fulgens) walking along branch of tree, Singalila National Park, West Bengal, India.
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) portrait in sea-ice landscape. Wide angle / fish-eye shot. Svalbard, Norway, September. - Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) portrait in sea-ice landscape. Wide angle / fish-eye shot. Svalbard, Norway, September.
Sloth Bear (Melursus ursinus) mother with cub riding on her back. Karnataka, India, April. Did you know? The sloth bear is the only bear that carries its young on its back. - Axel Gomille
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Axel Gomille / Sloth Bear (Melursus ursinus) mother with cub riding on her back. Karnataka, India, April. Did you know? The sloth bear is the only bear that carries its young on its back.
Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus) female, Chaparri Reserve, Lambayeque Province, Peru - Kevin Schafer
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Kevin Schafer / Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus) female, Chaparri Reserve, Lambayeque Province, Peru
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