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Oct 6, 2008

Mammals facing Threat of Extinction

According to a survey 25% of the mammals are on the verge of extinction. The Red List of Threatened Species says populations of more than half of mammalian species are falling, with Asian primates particularly at risk. The main cause of this due to the deforestation. Red list for the current year checked with 5,487 mammals and out of this 1,141 are identified to be on the very verge to disappearance.

The Red List is published approximately once every year. Although designed as the definitive global list of threatened species, in practice the rankings come from assessments covering different types of plants and animals, and some areas of the list will be more up to date than others.

Source: BBC