Masters of camouflage

These species defy their foes or trick their prey by blending in with the landscape.

An astonishing number of species have exotic and spectacular defences such as camouflage to stave off predators or help them be stealthy hunters. Sadly, the biggest threats to many of these species are hardly natural at all—habitat loss and illegal hunting upset the ecological balance that enables these species to restore themselves generation after generation. Take time out to discover the species currently red-listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources’ Red List of Threatened Species and learn about what you can do to support conservation efforts worldwide. Read on to see some of the most extraordinary examples of camouflage in the natural world.