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Eleven New Species Catapulted to the Endangered List

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So, time to take steps to protect some dwindling species has come. The world’s second largest shark, a bird found in the Garden of Eden and Central Asia’s only true deer no longer seems to get neglected. They were among 11 new species that will join a listing of around 107 migratory animals considered “endangered” by countries around the world on Friday. Several birds and mammals faced increasing threats to their survival and needed more protection ‘ this is agreed upon around 95 countries, members of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS).

The Basking Shark, which can reach 10 meters in length, is found in the continental shelves of the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific Oceans and the Mediterranean. It is often caught in fishing nets or collides with boats in shallow waters.

Also on the list is the Basra Reed Warbler, a small brown and white bird which breeds in the Mesopotamian marshlands of southern Iraq, thought to be the original Garden of Eden. Experts say the warbler’s numbers have dwindled in Iraq because of heavy drainage of the marshlands under Saddam Hussein’s rule. It has the global population of 2,500 to 10,000.

Special status is also to be given to the Bukhara deer, which inhabits central Asia’s arid zones, migrating across countries like Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.Threatened by habitat destruction and possibly pesticide contamination, the Bukhara deer population is around 800 to 900.

Other species which made the endangered listing are Henderson’s Petrel, a sea bird, the Malagasy Pond Heron, the Red Knot bird, the Balearic Sheerwater bird, the Spotted Ground Thrush and the Short-Beaked Common Dolphin.

Via: Reuters