Quarter of mammals threatened by extinction
IUCN researchers present a complete study of endangered species at the World Conservation Congress in Barcelona on Monday.7 October 2008
BARCELONA -- One in four mammals worldwide is under threat from extinction as humans enter their natural habitats and use resources they need to survive, a new report presented on Monday in Spain shows.
The study by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which is currently holding its World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, is the most complete study of endangered species to date, developed by 1,700 researchers.
Out of 5,500 known mammal species, the IUCN lists 1,141 as endangered and a further 118 as facing extinction, including the Iberian lynx, of which between 100 and 200 individuals still live in the wild.
Since the 16th century, 76 mammal species became extinct.
"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", said IUCN director Julia Marton-Lefèvre.
"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", Marton-Lefèvre said.
[El Pais / Expatica]