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Animal species extinct

Most (known of) animal species have been extinct on the territory of the United States of America, followed by French Polynesia, Mauritius, Australia and Mexico. St. Helena, New Zealand, Réunion, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Cook Island complete the top 10.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, (IUCN), ‘To date, many species groups including mammals, amphibians, birds, reef building corals and conifers have been comprehensively assessed. As well as assessing newly recognized species, the IUCN Red List also re-assesses the status of some existing species, sometimes with positive stories to tell. For example, good news such as the downlisting (i.e. improvement) of a number of species on the IUCN Red List categories scale, due to conservation efforts. The bad news, however, is that biodiversity is declining. Currently there are more than 105,700 species on The IUCN Red List, with more than 28,000 species threatened with extinction, including 40% of amphibians, 34% of conifers, 33% of reef building corals, 25% of mammals and 14% of birds.’

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Technical Notes

This map shows the global proportion of animal species extinct by 2019.

Data sources
This map uses data by IUCN Red List (last accessed July 2019). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

Further notes on the data, as well as all modifications to the original data source are noted in our data sheets.

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