General Article Endangered animals of the world

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Endangered means to be under threat or near extinction. When a species/animal is endangered it means that they are disappearing fast or have a very small population – not large enough to survive. Extinction means the end of existence for a species.

The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) have what is known as a Red List. This red list is a guide to how endangered a species is – animals are measured on a scale from ‘Least Concern’ to the worst ‘Extinct’.

Here’s a look at just a few of the world’s most endangered species:


Greater Horseshoe Bat

Rhinolophus ferrumequinum

IUCN status: least concern

Population trend: decreasing

There are 18 species of bat in Britain and all of them are endangered. The greater horseshoe bat is one of the rarest. One reason for their decline is the destruction of suitable roosting sites, such as old buildings and hollow trees. Changing land use from woodland and small fields to large scale agriculture has also had an effect. They...

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