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In 2018, a major reassessment mapped the AZE sites that must be effectively protected if the world’s most threatened species are to survive. Much smaller annual updates are now ongoing, with the most recent update in late 2022. The location of each AZE site is shown as a polygon on the map below. Sites can be searched by country, taxonomic group, or by a polygon that you select. Tabular information on the species at each site is available at the bottom of the map and can be exported.

These sites are based on species groups that have been globally assessed by the IUCN Red List, including amphibians, birds, cacti, cone snails, conifers, corals, cycads, freshwater crabs, freshwater crayfish, freshwater shrimps, mammals, mangrove plants, selected marine fish (blennies, groupers, pufferfish, wrasses), selected reptiles (chameleons, crocodiles, iguanas, tortoises, turtles), sharks and rays, and selected birches.


To download the AZE dataset, please request the AZE dataset here.

info button graphic Click the information button in the upper left-hand side of the map to learn how to select sites by taxonomic group, country, or by a polygon that you draw on the map.

You can also filter and export sites in the tabular data located below the map.

*Please note that a small number of sites that include sensitive species are not shown on the map.

Be a force for zero extinction

Policy Makers

Include AZE sites within your national government conservation strategies

Government resources

Research Scientists

Help conservation efforts through submitting site updates and nomination

Science resources

Conservation organizations

Protect sites independently or in collaboration with other organizations

Conservation resources

Individual contributors

Give your support to individual AZE partner organizations around the world

Contribution options

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