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  2006 Red List of Threatened Species  

Polar bears (Ursus maritimus). Photo © Robert & Carolyn BuchananPRESS RELEASE: Release of the 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species reveals ongoing decline of the status of plants and animals 2 May 2006
The number of known threatened species reaches 16,119. The ranks of those facing extinction are joined by familiar species like the polar bear, hippopotamus and desert gazelles; together with ocean sharks, freshwater fish and Mediterranean flowers. Positive action has helped the white-tailed eagle and offers a glimmer of hope to Indian vultures. Full releaseComunicado completoCommuniqué complet

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Going up, going down, gone?

Fighting the extinction crisis


Inside the 2006 Red List  
2006 homepage
Portraits in Red: case studies of threatened species
Going up, going down, gone?
Fighting the extinction crisis
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Summary statistics
Press release  
Factsheet about Threatened Species  

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