Monkeying Around With Wildlife – World Conservation Union, extinction list at www.redlist.org

Monkeying Around With Wildlife – World Conservation Union, extinction list at www.redlist.org – Brief Article

A new report published by the World Conservation Union warns that up to 18,000 species are at risk of disappearing for ever.

According to the World Conservation Union (WCU) 2000 Red List (www.redlist.org), produced by a network of 7,000 species experts working in almost every country in the world, one in every four mammals and one in every eight birds are at risk. WCU pointed out that their study only scratches the surface and that the current extinction rate is 1,000 to 10,000 times higher than it should be under ‘normal’ conditions. Since their last assessment in 1996, the number of mammals identified as closest to extinction has increased from 169 to 180. The number of birds rose from 168 to 182.

Meanwhile, one of our closest cousins has gone extinct: according to Conservation International, Miss Waldron’s Red Colobus, a red and black monkey listed as endangered since 1988, is no more. Researchers who, since 1993, have been surveying 19 forest areas in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, said that they have neither seen nor heard any; the last positive sighting was in 1978. Instead of the monkey, researchers found forests fragmented by logging and road construction making access for poachers a lot easier.

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