List of extinct animals on rise

Endangered and extinct species of wildlife on rise

Asian crocodiles, goriallas, vultures, corals and even certain types of seaweed are all heading towards extinction according to the latest edition of the Red list, the international catalogue of threatened wildlife.

The list, published yesterday, revealed that in the last year nearly 200 species have been added to the list of wildlife under threat of extinction, taking the global number of threatened species from 16,118 to 16,306.

The latest figures mean that one in four of the world’s mammals, one in eight birds, one third of all amphibians and 70% of the world’s assessed plants on the current list are now under threat.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said: ‘Life on Earth is disappearing fast and will continue to do so unless urgent action is taken.’

One shocking statistic from the latest list reveals that the western gorilla is now critically endangered after the species has been severely diminished by the commercial bushmeat trade and the Ebola virus. The gorilla population has decreased by over 60% in the last 20 to 25 years.

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