Schaapmans' Wildlife Spotting
Endangered - IUCN conservation statuses
Animals on the path to extinction are threatened and are on the IUCN Red List for Threatened Species. There are three categories of threatened statuses: Vulnerable, Endangered and Critically Endangered.
Endangered species are in the middle of the three threatened categories. Animals like the Eastern GorillaLink to a page on this site. Endangered animals face a very high risk of extinction. To preserve these species governments take special measures - in a lot of cases - like prohibit hunting and create special reserves. However conservation can be difficult, especially if it is not a big, eye-catching species like the gorilla. Still conservation of the habitat will still be the key factor.

To have an idea what this conservation status and Red List is all about, let's quote the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesLink to an external page in a new window:

"The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species provides taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information on plants and animals that have been globally evaluated using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria. This system is designed to determine the relative risk of extinction, and the main purpose of the IUCN Red List is to catalogue and highlight those plants and animals that are facing a higher risk of global extinction (i.e. those listed as Critically Endangered, Endangered and Vulnerable). The IUCN Red List also includes information on plants and animals that are categorized as Extinct or Extinct in the Wild; on taxa that cannot be evaluated because of insufficient information (i.e., are Data Deficient); and on plants and animals that are either close to meeting the threatened thresholds or that would be threatened were it not for an ongoing taxon-specific conservation programme (i.e., are Near Threatened)."

If you want to see a larger version of a photo below (or play a video), just click on it. It will open a lightbox with the larger photo or videoplayer.

Follow the link to see all of Schaapmans' 40 photos of Endangered speciesLink to an external Flickr photo page in a new window on Flickr.
Please note that there are still 1000s of photos that Schaapmans took that are not yet properly tagged or uploaded, so expect more photos in the future.

Indri - Analamazaotra National Park, Madagascar David d'O false Indri - Analamazaotra National Park, Madagascar
genus: Gorilla - Gorillas
genus: Gorilla - Gorillas
genus: Gorilla - Gorillas

More photos? Refresh this page or see all 40 photos of Endangered speciesLink to an external Flickr photo page in a new window on Flickr.