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Endangered species

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An endangered species is a species of organisms facing a very high risk of extinction. The phrase is used vaguely in common parlance for any species fitting this description, but its use by conservation biologists typically refers to those designated Endangered in the IUCN Red List, where it is the second most severe conservation status for wild populations, following Critically Endangered. There are currently 3079 animals and 2655 plants classified as Endangered worldwide, compared with 1998 levels of 1102 and 1197, respectively. (Wikipedia)

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UK BAP priority species
Nature conservation
Species extinction
Wildlife management

This term is used for the following terms: 
Species threatened with extinction

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