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One in 4 Mammals Threatened With
Extinction, Group Finds
From the NY Times.
Published: October 20, 2008
BARCELONA, Spain — An “extinction crisis” is under way, with one in four mammals in
danger of disappearing because of habitat loss, hunting and
, a leading global
conservation body warned Monday.
“Within our lifetime, hundreds of species could be lost as a result of our own actions,”
said Julia Marton-Lefèvre, the director general of the International Union for Conservation of
Nature, or I.U.C.N., a network of campaign groups, governments, scientists and other experts.
Among 188 mammals in the group’s highest threat category — critically endangered — was the
Iberian lynx, which has an estimated population of 84 adults and has continued to decline as its
primary prey, the European rabbit, has fallen victim to disease and overhunting.
The report, presented at the World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, formed part of a
Red List of Threatened Species issued annually by the group.
The fishing cat, found in Southeast Asia, was moved to the second most threatened
category, endangered, from vulnerable, because of habitat loss in wetlands. The Caspian seal,