The IUCN Conservation Status Explained
The IUCN conservation status records whether animal or plant species is threatened with extinction in their native home.
The conservation status is based on up-to-date scientific information by specialist groups. This is published in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) is a global conservation group that researches threatened species and coordinates practical conservation plans.
After exhaustive surveys, the last known individual has died.
Extinct in the Wild When a species survives in captivity, cultivation, or has a naturalized population/s well outside the past range.
When a species faces an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.
A species faces a very high risk of extinction in the wild.
A species faces a high risk of extinction in the wild.
A species likely to qualify for threatened category in the near future, perhaps very quickly depending on local development projects such as rainforest logging.
A species is widespread and abundant.
When there is not enough information to assess the risk of extinction (based on distribution/population status).
A species has not yet been evaluated against the above criteria.
Adapted from IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (Categories & Criteria, version 3.1.)
Any listed conservation status in The Living Rainforest animal and plant profiles are from the up-to-date IUCN online database (Summer 2008).
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