Rare Sri Lankan spiders listed under Endangered Species Act

In response to a petition from Guardians, today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized Endangered Species Act protections for five species of Sri Lankan spider. The large, brightly colored spiders are now listed as “endangered” under the Act.

The spiders, members of the genus Poecilotheria, are sought by insect collectors for the pet trade, and their forest habitat in Sri Lanka is shrinking rapidly. Sri Lanka prohibits commercial collection of the spiders, but enforcement is difficult, and even modest numbers of spiders collected from the wild can affect the population.

We hope the protection of these beautiful animals encourages conservation and raises awareness about the perils of the exotic pet trade.

Read the press release.

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Proposed Revisions to Edangered Species Act Put Wildlife at Riskn

In response to proposed revisions to regulations listed on the Endangered Species Act announced today by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, World Wildlife Fund issued the following statement from Ginette Hemley, senior vice president, wildlife conservation:

“Any effort to weaken the Endangered Species Act is of grave concern. Its effectiveness is proven – 99 percent of species listed on it have avoided extinction. The steps proposed today by the Administration, including removing the Blanket Section 4(d) Rule, would weaken important protections for threatened and endangered species and put our planet’s imperiled wildlife further at risk. By keeping these precautionary measures under the ESA intact, we can ensure the survival of America’s remarkable wildlife while also doing our part to stem the sweeping loss of biodiversity we are seeing globally.”