March 3rd is UN World Wildlife Day. This year the theme is “Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration” and the focus is to draw attention to the most critically endangered species of wild fauna and flora, and the urgent need to find ways to conserve them. According to data from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, over 8,700 species of wild fauna and flora are critically endangered, including 4976 plants, 717 molluscs, 679 arthropods, 673 amphibians, 739 fish, 433 reptiles, 229 mammals and 225 birds. This gallery shows examples of critically endangered species of animal and plant.
Alex Mustard / Diver approaches a large colony of Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) growing in shallow water on a coral reef. Wreck of the Glamis, East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies. Caribbea...
Klein & Hubert / European Hamster (Cricetus cricetus) standing next to burrow. Alsace, France. September.
Doug Perrine / Flowering Mauna Loa / Ka'u silversword, (Argyroxiphium kauense) with bee feeding, endemic to the slopes of Mauna Loa volcano, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, Hawaii, U.S.A, Critically enda...
John Cancalosi / Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) captive, occurs in Mexico. Critically endangered, endemic species.