The Zoological Society of London and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) want to know: Are these species absolutely priceless to you or worthless?
The animals, plants, and fungi in question are the 100 most threatened species in the world, identified by more than 8,000 scientists from the IUCN Species Survival Commission. Compiling their findings into one report called Priceless or Worthless?, these scientists are challenging conservation efforts based on the perceived worth of a species. The report will be presented at the IUCN World Conservation Congress this week.
With so many of these species’ numbers hanging in a delicate balance, any effort now may unfortunately be too little too late. However, since we share this planet with other amazing animals and have the most power to make a difference, let’s try to do what we can. After all, how would we feel if some greater power deemed us “worthless?”
The following are a selection of 10 animal species we would hate to never see again.