THE PLIGHT OF ENDANGERED ANIMALS
It is estimated over 15,000 species (plant and animal) are currently threatened with extinction. There are now 41,415 species on the IUCN Red List and 16,306 of them are endangered species threatened with extinction.
The total number of extinct species has reached 785 and a further 65 are only found in captivity or in cultivation. One in four mammals, one in eight birds, one third of all amphibians and 70% of the world’s assessed plants on the 2007 IUCN Red List are in jeopardy.
In the last 500 years, human activity has forced over 800 species into extinction.