'Red List' of Endangered Species Updated
26 / 11 / 2013, Yahoo Science
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has updated its "Red List" of threatened species, with good news for some creatures, including two kinds of albatross, but bad news for others, such as the okapi. The okapi (Okapia johnstoni), sometimes called the "forest giraffe," has taken a turn for the worse in Africa: The species is now listed as endangered and its numbers are dwindling, IUCN officials said. armed rebels, elephant poachers and illegal miners are present in parts of the okapi's range, conservationists say. "Sadly, DRC has been caught up in civil conflict and ravaged by poverty for nearly two decades, leading to widespread degradation of okapi habitat and hunting for its meat and skin," Noëlle Kümpel, who manages the Zoological Society of London's range-wide okapi conservation project, said in a statement.