Photo Gallery: Most Endangered Animals of '07 Announced

Most Endangered Animals of 2007
<< Previous   3 of 7   Next >>
The Egyptian vulture, a new addition to IUCN's 2007 Red List, has declined along with many other vulture species.

Five species of vulture, including the Egyptian, have been reclassified to a higher threat level since 2006. Asian vultures have declined rapidly over the last eight years due to the use of a livestock drug called diclofenac.

African vultures are struggling due to habitat loss, a lack of food, and collisions with power lines.

The scavengers are also being killed by insecticide-laden carcasses, which have been deliberately baited to poison livestock predators such as hyenas.

More Photos in the News
Today's Top 15 Most Popular Stories
Free Email Newsletter: "Focus on Photography"

—Photograph courtesy IUCN/Bernard Castelein/naturepl.com
 
NEWS FEEDS    After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed. After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed.

Get our news delivered directly to your desktop—free.
How to Use XML or RSS




 

50 Drives of a Lifetime

Listen to your favorite National Geographic news daily, anytime, anywhere from your mobile phone. No wires or syncing. Download Stitcher free today.