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A vulnerable species is one which has been categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as likely to become endangered unless the circumstances threatening its survival and reproduction improve.

Conservation status
by IUCN Red List category
Bufo periglenes, the Golden Toad, was last recorded on May 15, 1989
Extinct
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Threatened
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Lower Risk
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Related topics
  • International Union for the
    Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • IUCN Red List
  • Lists of organisms by population

IUCN Red List category abbreviations (version 3.1, 2001)

A vulnerable species is one which has been categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as likely to become endangered unless the circumstances threatening its survival and reproduction improve.

Vulnerability is mainly caused by habitat loss or destruction of the species home. Vulnerable habitat or species are monitored and can become increasingly threatened. Some species listed as "vulnerable" may be common in captivity, an example being the military macaw.

There are currently 5196 animals and 6789 plants classified as vulnerable, compared with 1998 levels of 2815 and 3222, respectively.

Practices such as Cryoconservation of animal genetic resources have been enforced in efforts to conserve vulnerable breeds of livestock specifically.

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