Following on from our feature pages on climate change, the Jewels of the UAE and a range of beautiful eco-regions, the ARKive team is pleased to announce the launch of our new endangered species page. As the aim of the ARKive project is to raise the public profile of the world’s threatened species, through the emotive power of wildlife films and photos, we thought it was about time that the world’s endangered species got a feature page of their own.
The current rate of extinction is thought to be far greater than the expected natural rate, with many species going extinct before they have even been discovered. Shockingly, current estimates suggest that a third of the world’s amphibians, a quarter of all mammals and one in eight birds are endangered. Of the nearly 60,000 species assessed by the IUCN Red List so far, this equates to a staggering 19,265 species.
The alarming rate at which species are disappearing is something which should be a cause for concern for us all. Not only do they add beauty and wonder to the natural world, they are also of great global economic importance, providing clean air and water, food, medicines, building and clothing materials and fertile soils.
As well as picking our top 50 endangered species, we have put together a wealth of endangered species information, from why species are facing extinction, to what is being done to protect them and what we can do to help – as we will only succeed in rescuing species from the brink of extinction if people know about their plight, importance and value.
And finally, don’t forget to keep an eye out on the blog for our endangered species of the week feature!
Claire Lewis, ARKive Media Researcher