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More than 41,000 species are threatened with extinction

That is still 28% of all assessed species.

Amphibians

41%

Mammals

27%

Conifers

34%

Birds

13%

Sharks & Rays

37%

Reef corals

33%

Selected Crustaceans

28%

reptiles

21%

Cycads

69%

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News from IUCN

2022-08-24

Rhino poaching and illegal trade decline but remain critical threats – new report

Rhino poaching rates have declined since 2018, according to a new report by the IUCN SSC African and Asian Rhino Specialist Groups and TRAFFIC for the CITES Conference of the Parties meeting, which will be held in Panama in November.

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2022-07-21

Migratory monarch butterfly now Endangered - IUCN Red List

In today’s IUCN Red List update: known for its spectacular annual journey across the Americas, the Migratory Monarch Butterfly is now Endangered; all surviving sturgeon species are now listed as threatened; and a reassessment of the Tiger reveals new population figures.

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2022-06-20

IUCN applauds WTO Trade Ministers’ decision on fishing subsidies

IUCN welcomes with relief and gratitude the negotiated decisions on fishing subsidies made yesterday by the world’s Trade Ministers at the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) MC12 Trade Ministers’ forum.

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Migratory Monarch Butterfly (Endangered, A2ab ver 3.1)

What is The IUCN Red List?

Established in 1964, The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species has evolved to become the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species.

The IUCN Red List is a critical indicator of the health of the world’s biodiversity. Far more than a list of species and their status, it is a powerful tool to inform and catalyze action for biodiversity conservation and policy change, critical to protecting the natural resources we need to survive. It provides information about range, population size, habitat and ecology, use and/or trade, threats, and conservation actions that will help inform necessary conservation decisions.

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The IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria

The IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria are intended to be an easily and widely understood system for classifying species at high risk of global extinction. It divides species into nine categories: Not Evaluated, Data Deficient, Least Concern, Near Threatened, Vulnerable, Endangered, Critically Endangered, Extinct in the Wild and Extinct.

  • Data Deficient (DD)

    A taxon is Data Deficient (DD) when there is inadequate information to make a direct, or indirect, assessment of its risk of extinction based on its distribution and/or population status. A taxon in this category may be well studied, and its biology well known, but appropriate data on abundance and/or distribution are lacking.

    Species categorized as Data Deficient (DD)

  • Least Concern (LC)

    A taxon is Least Concern (LC) when it has been evaluated against the Red List criteria and does not qualify for Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable or Near Threatened.

    Species categorized as Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)

    A taxon is Near Threatened (NT) when it has been evaluated against the criteria but does not qualify for Critically Endangered, Endangered or Vulnerable now, but is close to qualifying for or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future.

    Species categorized as Near Threatened (NT)

  • Vulnerable (VU)

    A taxon is Vulnerable (VU) when the best available evidence indicates that it meets any of the criteria A to E for Vulnerable, and it is therefore considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.

    Species categorized as Vulnerable (VU)

  • Endangered (EN)

    A taxon is Endangered (EN) when the best available evidence indicates that it meets any of the criteria A to E for Endangered, and it is therefore considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

    Species categorized as Endangered (EN)

  • Critically Endangered (CR)

    A taxon is Critically Endangered (CR) when the best available evidence indicates that it meets any of the criteria A to E for Critically Endangered, and it is therefore considered to be facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

    Species categorized as Critically Endangered (CR)

  • Extinct In The Wild (EW)

    A taxon is Extinct In The Wild (EW) when it is known only to survive in cultivation, in captivity or as a naturalized population (or populations) well outside the past range. A taxon is presumed Extinct in the Wild when exhaustive surveys in known and/or expected habitat, at appropriate times (diurnal, seasonal, annual), throughout its historic range have failed to record an individual. Surveys should be over a time frame appropriate to the taxon's life cycle and life form.

    Species categorized as Extinct In The Wild (EW)

  • Extinct (EX)

    A taxon is Extinct (EX) when there is no reasonable doubt that the last individual has died. A taxon is presumed Extinct when exhaustive surveys in known and/or expected habitat, at appropriate times (diurnal, seasonal, annual), throughout its historic range have failed to record an individual. Surveys should be over a time frame appropriate to the taxon's life cycle and life form.

    Species categorized as Extinct (EX)

  • Not Evaluated (NE)

    A taxon is Not Evaluated (NE) when it has not yet been evaluated against the criteria.

    Not Evaluated (NE) species are not published on the IUCN Red List

Our goals

To date, more than 147,500 species have been assessed for The IUCN Red List.

This is an incredible achievement. However, our work is nowhere near complete. We need to more than double the number of wild species (plants, animals and fungi) assessed

Our current goal is to have 160,000 species assessed. Meeting this goal will provide the most up-to-date indication of the health of the world’s biodiversity to guide critical conservation action. This is only achievable with support from people like you.

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