Story Extinction crisis escalates: Red List shows apes, corals, vultures, dolphins all in danger

2007 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the world’s most authoritative assessment of the Earth’s plants and animals has been released today.
Release date 12/09/2007
Contributor Rania Spyropoulou
Geographical coverage global
Keywords red list , endangered species
Concerned URL http://www.iucn.org/themes/ssc/redlist.htm
Source IUCN, ARKive newletter

Life on Earth is disappearing fast and will continue to do so unless urgent action is taken, according to the 2007 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

There are now 41,415 species on the IUCN Red List and 16,306 of them are threatened with extinction, up from 16,118 last year. 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.