London, 24 June 2010 – During the International Year of Biodiversity CMS Ambassador Stanley Johnson and CMS Editor Robert Vagg launched the first comprehensive book on migratory species and the threats they face. At a public event hosted by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) they presented the large format illustrated book covering a wide array of species ranging from albatrosses to zebras in their habitats. Both authors are donating all their authors' royalties to the CMS to help protect migratory species.
The book explains the conservation activities undertaken by CMS as the only Convention dealing with the protection of migratory animals across the globe. A special challenge to the Convention is the unavoidable threat of climate change affecting species in many ways. CMS Executive Secretary Elizabeth Maruma Mrema explained the importance of migratory species in conserving their habitats and the urgent need to help them adjusting to the impact of climate change. ZSL presented first findings of a comprehensive study on endangered species listed on CMS Appendix one, which has been commissioned by CMS.
The audience was carried off to the fascinating world of migratory species when listening to the adventures of CMS Ambassador Stanley Johnson in Antarctica, Kenya, Northern Africa and the Galapagos.
At a reception following the event, Stanley Johnson and Robert Vagg signed their book. The English version “Survival – Saving Endangered Migratory Species” contains 164 pages and some 200 colour photographs of many species listed in the CMS Appendices has been published by Stacey International. Fredeking and Thaler is the German publisher of “Wanderer der Wildnis”.