Lion among 23,000 species threatened with extinction: conservationists

The lion is currently listed as vulnerable at a global level, with its western African subpopulation listed as 'critically endangered' due to over-hunting and dwindling preyThe mighty lion, reclusive cave crabs and the world's rarest sea lion are among nearly 23,000 species at risk of dying out, a top conservation body warned on Tuesday. In an update to its "Red List" of threatened species, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature hailed some clear advances in saving endangered species like the Iberian Lynx. "Our natural world is becoming increasingly vulnerable," warned IUCN chief Inger Andersen, urging increased efforts to save species teetering on the edge.

June 23, 2015 2:56 am

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