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Term Threatened Species

A wild species which is still abundant in its natural environment, but which is likely to be in danger of extinction due to the decrease in its number or population.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the main authority in the world on the conservation status of species, regularly publishes the most comprehensive inventory on the status of threats to species, called the Red List of Threatened Species. The Red List ranks threatened species by their level of risk of extinction under the following classifications: vulnerable species (VU), species in danger of extinction (EN) and critically endangered species (CR).

According to the latest version of the Red List (2010), a total of 126 of the Dominican Republic’s taxonomic species are threatened, which include 30 species of flora and 96 species of fauna.

Of the species with the highest threat levels due to illegal trade, the hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), a sea turtle species that is critically endangered, stands out. Another highly endangered species is the parrot of Hispaniola (Amazona ventralis), an endemic species considered vulnerable by the IUCN.  Their major threats are loss of habitat and hunting or trapping for commercial purposes. 1

1- Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales; UASD (Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo); PNUMA (Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente). Informe GEO República Dominicana 2010: Estado y Perspectivas del Medio Ambiente; PNUMA: Santo Domingo, D.N., 2010, p. 110.


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