Red list 2013: threatened species across the regions of the world

December 2, 2013 • Protection of Species, Daily Email Recap

Red list 2013: threatened species across the regions of the world
More than 71,000 species across the world have been assessed in the latest update of the IUCN red list.

The latest update of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list has been published today. A total of 71,576 species have now been assessed, of which 21,286 are threatened with extinction according to the international organisation.

The Okapi, also known as the ‘forest giraffe’, and one of Africa’s rarest birds – the sub-Saharan white-winged Flufftail – are now on the brink of extinction according to the latest update. The latest red list also highlights how almost 200 species of bird are now critically endangered.

But the red list update does provide some good news for some of the species assessed. Two species of albatross are reported as having a lower risk of extinction due to increases in their populations and the Island fox, previously recorded as critically endangered, is now listed as near threatened. According to the IUCN, the Island fox is approaching recovery after a decline in the mid-90s mainly attributed to disease and predation by non-native species.

More than 71,000 species have been assessed across the world by the IUCN in the latest update of the red list. The fact that 11,881 species are deemed data deficient shows the difficulties faced in trying to analyse the status of such a variety of species at such a level.

The IUCN state that although not all of the world’s species have been assessed, the red list provides a “useful snapshot of what is happening to species today and highlights the urgent need for conservation action”.

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