Endangered wildlife list swells in 2015, from lions to orchids

By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) – The number of animals and plants at risk of extinction rose in 2015 despite government pledges to improve protection, with species under threat ranging from lions in West Africa to orchids in Asia, a study showed on Tuesday. The Red List of Endangered Species, backed by governments, scientists and conservationists, grew to 22,784 species in 2015, almost a third of all animals and plants sampled, from 22,413 a year ago, it said. Lions in Africa retained an overall listing as “vulnerable”, one of the least endangered categories, thanks to conservation in southern Africa.

June 23, 2015 7:05 am

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