The United Nations has recently predicted that over 1 million species are under threat of becoming extinct. This is largely due to human activity and it is therefore our ethical responsibility to work for wildlife conservation. The first step in doing that is to make ourselves aware of the status of biodiversity today and understand what kind of action, and where, needs to be taken.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature & Natural Resources (IUCN) maintains a Red Data list of all threatened and endangered species in the world. It is an important first step to go through this list and make yourself aware of the endangered species found around you.
Alpha Travel Insurance company recently carried out an analysis of the IUCN database to find out which are the countries with highest number of endangered species in them. Based on their analysis, here are the top 10 countries with most endangered species in them.
1. Mexico (666)
2. Indonesia (583)
3. Madagascar (553)
4. India (542)
5. Colombia (540)
6. United States (475)
7. Ecuador (436)
8. China (435)
9. Brazil (413)
10. Peru (385)
Further, it has been found that Indonesia is the country with the highest number of endangered mammals, with 191 on the Red List. The class of animals with the highest number of endangered species is fish, with the US having the most endangered species of fish in the world.
Asia is home to a total of 3,330 endangered species, across 10 countries, making it the continent with the highest number of endangered specie. Columbia has the highest number of endangered amphibians at 222. Let us hope that nations with such large number of endangered species can work towards their conservation. And as citizens, we must support such efforts for conservation of wildlife at local, regional and national levels.