ONE IN 5 MAMMALS FACES EXTINCTION; Hunting and Logging Threaten Wildlife but the African Elephant Is a Rare Success
Byline: BY MIKE SWAIN SCIENCE EDITOR
A FIFTH of the world's mammals are being wiped out with hundreds likely to be extinct in our lifetime.
Half of the 5,487 species of mammals are declining and we face losing 1,147 completely, scientists have warned.
Hunting, harvesting, disease and the loss of their habitats from logging or oil exploration are the main causes.
Julia Marton-Lefevre, chief of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, said: "Within our lifetime hundreds of species could be lost as a result of our own actions."
Conservationists have been shocked by the IUCN's Red List which shows the extent of animal decline. …
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Publication information: Article title: ONE IN 5 MAMMALS FACES EXTINCTION; Hunting and Logging Threaten Wildlife but the African Elephant Is a Rare Success. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Mirror (London, England). Publication date: October 7, 2008. Page number: 15. © 2009 MGN LTD. COPYRIGHT 2008 Gale Group.
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