07 Aug '12, 1am

Chart: the world's endangered mammals

Last month the International Union for Conservation of Nature — better known as IUCN — released an update on the conservation status of the world's lemurs . The update was not cause for celebration: 91 percent of the world's lemurs — all of which are native to Madagascar — are listed as "Critically Endangered", "Endangered", or "Vulnerable", making them the most threatened major group of animals. Other primates are also faring poorly. According to the IUCN's Red List, nearly half the planet's primates are threatened with extinction (listed as "Critically Endangered", "Endangered", or "Vulnerable"). The IUCN Red List is based on expert assessment of the conservation status of plants and animals. The Red List is generally weighted toward better well-known species whose statuses are easier to determine. For example, while the Red List has only assessed 3 percent of the world'...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0806-chart-red-list-mammals...

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