Posted by: Sandy Steinman | December 1, 2013

Endangered Species Updates

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has recently updated its red list of endangered species. Their assessment of  71,576 species concludes that 21,286 are now threatened with extinction.

Some of their recent updates

serious declines in the population of the Okapi (Okapia johnstoni), a close relative of the giraffe, unique to the rainforests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

almost 200 species of bird are now Critically Endangered, facing the highest risk of extinction. The White-winged Flufftail (Sarothrura ayresi), a small, secretive bird which occurs in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, is the latest species to join this category.

Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) – the largest of all living turtles – has improved from Critically Endangered to Vulnerable, the species continues to face serious threats at a subpopulation level.

Two species of albatross – one of the most threatened of the planet’s bird families – are now at a lower risk of extinction due to increases in their populations. The Black-browed Albatross (Thalassarche melanophrys) has moved from Endangered to Near Threatened and the Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) has moved from Vulnerable to Near Threatened

The Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis), previously Critically Endangered, has also improved in status and is now listed as Near Threatened. Found on six of the California Channel Islands

Read more at: IUCN – Forest giraffe joins growing number of threatened species.


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