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Date:10/26/2010

pecies Programme Communications Officer, IUCN, t. +41 22 999 0153 m +41 79 527 7221 e lynne.labanne@iucn.org

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Global figures for 2010.4 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species:

Total species assessed = 55,926

  • Extinct = 791
  • Extinct in the Wild = 63
  • Critically Endangered = 3,565
  • Endangered = 5,256
  • Vulnerable = 9,530
  • Near Threatened = 4,014
  • Total Lower Risk/conservation dependent = 269 [this is an old category that is gradually being phased out of the Red List]
  • Data Deficient = 8,358
  • Least Concern = 24,080

The figures presented above are only for those species that have been assessed for the IUCN Red List to date. Although not all of the world's species have been assessed, the IUCN Red List provides a useful snapshot of what is happening to species today and highlights the urgent need for conservation action.

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (or the IUCN Red List) is the world's most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of plant and animal species. It is based on an objective system for assessing the risk of extinction of a species should no conservation action be taken.

Species are assigned to one of eight categories of threat based on whether they meet criteria linked to population trend, population size and structure and geograp
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