- The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on Monday released an updated red list classifying the different species.
What are the red list categories and what is it for?
- According to their website,the IUCN Red List Categories are intended to be an easily and widely understood system for classifying species at high risk of global extinction.
The categories are:
- EXTINCT — the last individual in the species has died.
- EXTINCT IN THE WILD — it now lives only in captivity and not in its natural habitat.
- CRITICALLY ENDANGERED — facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.
- ENDANGERED — facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.
- VULNERABLE — facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.
- NEAR THREATENED — likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future.
- LEAST CONCERN — it is widespread and abuntant in the wild.
- DATA DEFICIENT — inadequate information.
- NOT EVALUATED — not yet been evaluated against the criteria.