IUCN Conservation Status Explained
The IUCN conservation status records whether animal or plant species is threatened with extinction in their native home.
The conservation status is based on up-to-date scientific information by specialist groups.
This is published in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) is a global conservation group that researches threatened species and coordinates practical conservation plans.
|Extinct||After exhaustive surveys, the last known individual has died.|
|Extinct in the Wild||When a species survives in captivity, cultivation, or has a naturalized population/s well outside the past range.|
|Critically endangered||When a species faces an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.|
|Endangered||A species faces a very high risk of extinction in the wild.|
|Vulnerable||A species faces a high risk of extinction in the wild.|
|Near threatened||A species likely to qualify for threatened category in the near future, perhaps very quickly depending on local development projects such as rainforest logging.|
|Least concern||A species is widespread and abundant.|
|Data deficient||When there is not enough information to assess the risk of extinction (based on distribution/population status).|
|Not evaluated||A species has not yet been evaluated against the above criteria.|
Adapted from IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (Categories & Criteria, version 3.1.)