Tarzan’s Chameleon, the spoon-billed sandpiper and the pygmy three-toed sloth top a new list of animals, plants and fungi on the brink of extinction.
Tarzan’s Chameleon, the spoon-billed sandpiper and the pygmy three-toed sloth top a new list of species on the brink of extinction.
For the first time, more than 8,000 scientists from the International Union for Conservation of Nature have come together to identify 100 of the most threatened animals, plants and fungi on the planet.
Jonathan Baillie, Zoological Society of London’s director of conservation, said: “The donor community and conservation movement are leaning towards a ‘what can nature do for us?’ approach, where species and wild habitats are valued and prioritised according to the services they provide for people.
“This has made it increasingly difficult for conservationists to protect the most threatened species on the planet,” Prof Baillie added.
The list is the centre point of a report entitled “Priceless or Worthless?“, due to be presented at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in South Korea on September 11, 2012.
Ellen Butcher, co-author of the report, said: “All the species listed are unique and irreplaceable. If they vanish, no amount of money can bring them back.
“However, if we take immediate action we can give them a fighting chance for survival. But this requires society to support the moral and ethical position that all species have an inherent right to exist.”