10 species we help protect with our LIFE programme

The EU’s LIFE Programme is all about protecting and conserving our environment and pushing for climate action.

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Not a squirrel: This is a Siberian flying squirrel. ©LIFE17/NAT/FIN/000469. All rights reserved. Licensed to the EU under conditions.

1. European bison

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Bisons are back but still remain one of the most threatened species globally, even more so than the Black Rhino in Africa. © LIFE06/NAT/PL/000105

2. Saimaa Seal

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No more fishing gear in the sea would get a seal of approval from this seal. ©LIFE12/NAT/FI/000367

3. Northern Bald Ibis

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Helping a bird species find its way back home: Why are these birds following this man on the flight? ©LIFE12/BIO/AT/000143

4. Siberian flying squirrel

The Siberian flying squirrel is under threat from habitat loss due to farming, but help is at hand. The ongoing LIFE Flying Squirrel project aims to increase the population in Finland by up to 50% and the number of habitats in Estonia by more than 20%.

5. Capricorn beetle

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Reintroducing the beetles. ©LIFE15/NAT/SE/000772. All rights reserved. Licensed to the EU under conditions.

6. Red-breasted Goose

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Preserving the bird species, with help from GPS. ©LIFE09/NAT/BG/000230

7. Iberian Lynx

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The Iberian Lynx: making a comeback. ©LIFE02/NAT/E/008609

8. Hungarian Meadow Viper

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Resurrecting the viper. ©LIFE07/NAT/H/000322

9. Danube Sturgeon

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Sturgeons: They outlived dinosaurs but are now threatened by over-fishing. ©LIFE15/GIE/AT/001004/WWF/Jutta Jahrl. All rights reserved. Licensed to the EU under conditions.

10. Yelkouan Shearwater

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No litter, please: Please dispose of rubbish correctly in areas where seabirds are known to breed. ©LIFE14/NAT/MT/000991/Yelkouan Shearwater nestling/Martin Austad. All rights reserved. Licensed to the EU under conditions.

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