Wednesday, September 12, 2007

See them now before they've gone.

What do Egyptian vulture, Greater Spotted Eagle and Red-breasted Goose have in common? They are all bird species found in Europe that are either ‘endangered’ (very high risk of extinction – the vulture and goose) or ‘vulnerable’ (high risk of extinction – the eagle) according to the ‘Red List’.

Today the World Conservation Union (IUCN) published its 2007 Red List of Threatened Species. There are now 41,415 species (from all taxa) on the List, of which 16,306 of them are threatened with extinction; up from 16,118 last year. The total number of extinct (never to be seen again) species has reached 785 and a further 65 are only found in captivity or in cultivation. Alarmingly one in four mammals, one in eight birds, one third of all amphibians and 70% of the world’s assessed plants from the 2007 IUCN Red List are in jeopardy.

See: http://www.iucn.org/themes/ssc/redlist.htm for more information.

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