A new study from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and more than 1,800 scientists worldwide shows that at least 1,141 of the 5,487 mammals on Earth are threatened with extinction. The real number could be even higher as 836 mammalian species have little to no data available concerning their current status. Habitat loss and degradation along with threats from overharvesting are the largest threats to mammals. Although this project reveals an extinction crisis, it also found that five percent of currently threatened mammals are exhibiting signs of recovery.

"The longer we wait, the more expensive it will be to prevent future extinctions," says Dr Jane Smart, Head of IUCN's Species Programme. "We now know what species are threatened, what the threats are and where - we have no more excuses to watch from the sidelines."

The project results are further described at http://cms.iucn.org/what/species/mammals/index.cfm?uNewsID=1695


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