One in Five Mammals Threatened With Extinction

April 26, 2010 • Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Mary De Lavalette for this article.

A fifth of the world’s known mammals, a third of amphibians and reptiles and more than two thirds of plants are threatened with extinction, according to the latest “Red List” of endangered species.

Some gorilla species are close to extinction, warns the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Of the 5,490 mammal species that have been identified by scientists, 79 are extinct or extinct in the wild, 188 are critically endangered, 449 are endangered and 505 are classed as vulnerable, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said.

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