Five Species Likely to Become Extinct in the Next 40 Years
Conservationists estimate that one-eighth of all bird species, one-fifth of mammal species and one-third of amphibian species are at risk of extinction
- By Erica R. Hendry
- Smithsonian magazine, July-August 2010,
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Confined to five small, unconnected areas, the tortoises are “nearly certain to go extinct within the next 30 years,” according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. A fragmented habitat limits breeding, and poachers take them for the illegal pet trade.