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The United States looses out on the Gold Medal but picks up Silver 2 years running for habitat loss, overhunting, and unsustainable development and wiping out the world’s greatest treasures: Wildlife.


Species Extinction eventThe animals and plants that call this planet their home haven’t got a chance if humans keep it up. Wildlife destruction is happening faster than current conservation efforts can replenish – or even stabilize – most endangered species numbers.

The 2009 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species figures show the news isn’t good.

From the highest to the lowest, take a look at this list of 10 countries with the greatest number of endangered species, according the 2009 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species:

1. Ecuador

  • Total 2009: 2211
  • Total 2008: 2208

2. United States

  • Total 2009: 1203
  • Total 2008: 1192

3. Malaysia

  • Total 2009: 1166
  • Total 2008: 1141

4. Indonesia

  • Total 2009: 1126
  • Total 2008: 1087

5. Mexico

  • Total 2009: 900
  • Total 2008: 897

6. China

  • Total 2009: 841
  • Total 2008: 816

7. Australia

  • Total 2009: 804
  • Total 2008: 788

8. Brazil

  • Total 2009: 769
  • Total 2008: 738

9. India

  • Total 2009: 687
  • Total 2008: 659 

10. Philippines

  • Total 2009: 682
  • Total 2008: 641

A breakdown of all countries by mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, molluscs, other invertebrates, and plants can be seen HERE

Is there hope for endangered species in a modern world?

Will education and the power of information overcome the damage done by human greed and ignorance?

Let’s hope so. Otherwise, you can look forward to some embarrassing moments explaining to your grandchildren why there are no more tigers in India, no more elephants in Africa, and no more California condors in California.

For the entire list, visit The Guardian UK Data Blog.

Source and chart: The Guardian UK Data Blog

Thanks to EcoWorldly.com

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