Red List Explores Threatened Species

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On Tuesday, the International Union for Conservation of Nature released this year’s Red List, a list of endangered species that are at risk of extinction.  This year’s list included a total of 47,677 assessed species, of which 17,291, or 36%, are at risk of extinction.  According to the survey, more than 20% of all known mammals, over 25% of reptiles and 70% of plants are threatened.  This list includes such species as the black-footed ferret, a reintroduced species of which approximately 250 were born in the wild.  This year’s list also included 2,800 new assessed species.  Science currently recognizes approximately 1.8 million species out of an estimated 5-30 million species.  For more information, see the Scientific American.

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