A species listed as Critically Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is facing an extremely high risk of becoming extinct in the wild. In this internationally accepted system, a Critically Endangered species is just one step away from extinction.
The species that ASAP draws attention to are the most threatened land and freshwater vertebrates of Southeast Asia and require urgent conservation action. While there is substantial data on some of these species, we face a dearth of information for many more. ASAP is bringing together organisations within the international conservation community to minimise impending extinctions in this part of the world, exacerbated by habitat loss, trade and hunting.
To see the full IUCN Red List categories and listing criteria, visit here.
Reference: IUCN. (2012). IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria: Version 3.1. Second edition. Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK: IUCN. iv + 32pp.
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