Human activities the biggest threat to animal extinction

Fifty-seven mammals face the risk of extinction and 34 are threatened.

This is a revelation made by a study conducted by Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) in collaboration with South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi) in the 2016 Revised Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.

The Red List addresses the current status of the country’s mammals in which some are deemed to be threatened.

About 331 species and subspecies were assessed, compared to 295 in 2004.

Dr Harriet Davies Mostert, head of resource development at Endangered Wildlife Trust says the study has taken almost four years to complete.

If we can secure areas where we can reduce threats I think that would be moving in the right direction.

Dr Harriet Davies Mostert, Head of Resource Development at Endangered Wildlife Trust

The reality is all of these serious threats which face our mammals can be linked back directly to human activities.

Dr Harriet Davies Mostert, Head of Resource Development at Endangered Wildlife Trust

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