European hamsters have been added to a list of critically endangered animals. They’re among the new additions to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) “red list”. Human influence on habitats is being investigated as the cause of a drop in numbers for the species, which is a larger relative of Syrian or dwarf hamsters which are kept widely as pets. IUCN says global warming, industrial development, light pollution and plantations may be other possible reasons.
Among the others joining them as critically endangered are North Atlantic whales and 33 species of lemur.
More than 120,000 species, with 32,441 threatened with extinction. (Pictures: IUCN/ Russell A Mittermeier/ Marianna Hagbloom/ Anderson Cabot Center, New England Aquarium/ Mathilde Tissier) #Nature #Animals #Hamster #Whale #Extinction #bbcnews
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