Biodiversityhaschangedduring the evolution of the Earth. Plantsandanimalshad toadaptagain and again toverydifferentliving conditions.Extinction of speciese.g.of thedinosaurs, mammoth areoften documented for the past.

Theintensiveland use, an increasing pollution, consequences of the climate change,includingextreme meteorological events, lead to enomous changings for the living conditions. Furthermore the globalisation,tradeandtourism are influencing the habitats as well. Infrastructuressuch asbridgesandchannels(e.g.Panama)opennewpaths. Some species are endangered, some are replaced and some are increasing.

The ESKP gallery presents a selection of endangered and invasive plants and animals on land.

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The Red List is summarizing endangered animals and plants worldwide.

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