Thanks to conservationists' efforts, the endangered status of two of the world’s most iconic animals has been removed, it was announced this month. Following decades of rescue work, the populations of the giant panda, and most humpback whales, have recovered enough to downgrade their status from ‘endangered’ to ‘vulnerable’. To mark this occasion, we have put together a selection of titles from our publishers which detail the importance of protecting our terrestrial and marine ecosystems, and provide information on what we can do to protect iconic species for future generations.

In a time period increasingly classified as the ‘Anthropocene’ age, due to the accumulating evidence that humans have irreparably impacted the planet, the reclassification is particularly welcome news. The population recovery of the humpback whale since the international community banned commercial whaling nearly fifty years ago, and the similar recovery of giant panda populations due to the sustained efforts of the Chinese government to invest in reforestation programs to expand the animals’ protected habitat proves that conservation efforts can make a difference.

The World Wildlife Foundation stated: “The recovery of the panda shows that when science, political will and engagement of local communities come together, we can save wildlife and also improve biodiversity”.

Great Whales California Current  Field Biology

Great Whales
Edited by John Bannister
Whales are mysterious and fascinating creatures. Despite modern technology, their world is still largely unexplored and unknown. They can only be seen, or rather glimpsed, when they are near the sea surface, either from boats, or perhaps from shore, or underwater by divers. This book describes whales’ highly specialised mammalian structure and biology, and the history of people’s association with them, at first through legend and wonder, then whaling, and more recently whale watching. It examines their past and current status, and the conservation initiatives that are in place to protect them from existing or potential threats.
CSIRO Publishing

The California Current
A Pacific Ecosystem and Its Fliers, Divers, and Swimmers
Stan Ulanski
The California Current flows slowly southward along the west coast of North America, stretching nearly 2,000 miles from southern British Columbia to the tip of Baja California in Mexico. To a casual observer standing on the shore, the vast current betrays no discernible signs, yet life abounds just over the horizon. Stan Ulanski takes us into the water on a journey through this magnificent, unique marine ecosystem, illuminating the scientific and biological marvels and the astonishing array of flora and fauna streaming along the Pacific coast, including the California gray whale, humpback whale, salmon shark, and bluefin tuna, undertake extensive north-south migrations within the current to find enough to eat. The California Current energises us to celebrate and protect a marine ecosystem integral to the myriad fisheries, coastal communities, and cultures of the Pacific coast.
The University of North Carolina Press

Environmental Ecology and Field Biology
Vartika Mathur
This book aims to create awareness about ecology, field biology and their applied aspects with special emphasis on biodiversity, pollution & environmental protection acts. It provides an in-depth information on some of the endangered animals, with a note on their life cycle, habits and habitats and causes for their decline.
IK International