Over 900 species of animals become extinct, IUCN red list reveals

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admin November 6, 2021
Updated 2021/11/06 at 1:48 PM

At the World Conservation Congress in Marseille, France on September 4, 2021, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) revised the Red List of Species.

It found that 30 percent of the species (38,543) evaluated (138,374) are endangered. There are 902 species that have been declared extinct. In the wild, there are 80 species that are extinct, 8,404 that are severely endangered, 14,647 that are endangered, 15,492 that are vulnerable, and 8,127 that are near threatened. Four of the seven tuna species that are commercially fished have shown indications of recovery. The Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), the world’s biggest living lizard, has been upgraded from vulnerable to endangered status. The species is exclusively found in the World Heritage-listed Komodo National Park and neighboring Flores and is unique to Indonesia. Shark and ray species were threatened with extinction in 37% of the world’s population.

 

Source: DownToEarth

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