Conservation Union Updates Endangered Species
Now, the bad news: The overlooked squeaker frog of Tanzania is critically endangered, and possibly extinct. The woundfin has been functionally extirpated from its critical habitat in the Virgin River in the American Southwest, and survives only because of a hatchery-based reintroduction to the Gila River. The Cape Verde giant skink, whose fats were once used in medicines, has been hunted to extinction by cats and rats.
These are among the findings included in the latest update to the International Conservation Union’s Red List, which describes species of plants and animals in danger of extinction around the world.