CATALOGS: Going, Going, Gone

Science  20 Oct 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5491, pp. 403
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5491.403c

Primates, albatrosses, and freshwater turtles are all in a more parlous state than they were just 4 years ago. These endangered animals face threats from bushmeat hunting, long-line fisheries, and medical uses, respectively. Those are among the trends to be gleaned from the 2000 Red List, the world's most authoritative list of threatened species. Last produced in 1996 as a book by the World Conservation Union, this latest tally of 11,046 plants and animals has been published only on CD-ROM and as a searchable Web database ( Log on to look up species such as the critically endangered Ethiopian wolf, Canis simensis, whose adult population numbers only 400.

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