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SOS Rhino : In the News : SCIENTISTS LIST 100 MOST ENDANGERED MAMMALS WORLDWIDE
 

SCIENTISTS LIST 100 MOST ENDANGERED MAMMALS WORLDWIDE

  STEPHEN BERGER

Issue date: 4/19/07

Section: Science

A new list of the most critically endangered mammals in the world features dozens of regognizable faces, including the orangutan, blue whale and Bactrian camel.

The list was published last month by a global team of scientists led by the Zoological Society of London and is available at http://www.edgeofexistence.org. The researchers set out to rank "Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered" (EDGE) species.

Most lists of endangered species only take into account such factors as total size of the wild population, the severity of threats to their habitats and the likelihood of near-term extinction.

Terms such as "threatened," "endangered" and "critically endangered" are used to describe increasingly dire situations for populations in the wild.

The EDGE list takes into account two additional factors that make the compilation unique.

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