MAP: The Countries With The Most Threatened Mammals
Author: Jonathan Whiting
Published: Wednesday, 08 April 2015
The map below shows the number of threatened mammals in countries across the world according to data from The World Bank.
Threatened species are the number of species classified by the IUCN as endangered, vulnerable, rare, indeterminate, out of danger, or insufficiently known. Compiling data since the 1950s, the IUCN is the world’s most comprehensive information source on global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species.
The results of their research are disturbing; 25% of mammals are at risk of extinction. In total 1,201 mammal species are categorised as threatened. This includes well known mammals, such as the Polar Bear, Tiger, Giant Panda, Pygmy Hippo and Black Rhinoceros.
The map below shows which countries have the highest number of threatened species and highlights the urgent need for Government’s across the globe to do more to protect threatened mammals. Indonesia is the worst performing country with 184 threatened mammals including the Asian Elephant, Borneo Orangutan, Indian Water Buffalo, Bawean Deer and Javan Rhinoceros.
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With a staggering 25% of mammals at risk of extinction, the time to act is now otherwise we risk losing some of the planet’s most treasured mammals forever.
The map shows the clear need for Government’s to help protect mammals by better managing the causes that threaten their existence. This includes deforestation, climate change, habitat loss, over-hunting and their use in medicine.
To discover which mammals are threatened in your country and what you can do to help, visit http://discover.iucnredlist.org/discover.
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