25% of Mammals in Danger of Extinction

Polar bear familyThe International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an environmental network of government agencies, non-government organizations, and volunteer scientists, released their latest findings on the status of the world’s mammals.  Their results paint a bleak picture of the future for many animals.

The IUCN estimates that 1 in 4 mammals are at risk for extinction and that 1 in 2 mammal populations is declining.

According to Julia Marton-Lefevre, the director general of the IUCN,

Within our lifetime, hundreds of species could be lost as a result of our own actions, a frightening sign of what is happening to the ecosystems where they live. We must now set clear targets for the future to reverse this trend to ensure that our enduring legacy is not to wipe out many of our closest relatives.

On the bright side, IUCN’s research also shows that many species can recover from the brink of extinction when focused conservation efforts take place.

For more information:

CNN.com: “1 in 4 mammals at risk of extinction, scientists say”
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species Database
IUCN Website

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