IN PICTURES: Seven Spanish species declared critically endangered

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CRITICAL: seven species are now in serious danger of extinction. Photo Credit: IberiaNature/Wikimedia/Oesmm.org

THE Official State Gazette has published a statement from Spain’s Ministry for the Ecological Transition adding seven species to their critically endangered list, all seven are now in serious danger of extinction.

The list of Spanish species now considered critically endangered now includes:

  • Jara de Cartagena (plant of the Cistaceae family),
  • Small Shrike (bird of the Laniidae family)
  • Auriculated Naiad (mollusc of the Margaritiferidae family)
  • Pardilla Teal (bird of the Anatidae family)
  • European Mink (mammal of the Mustelidae family)
  • Common Nara (mollusc of the Pinnidae family)
  • Cantabrian Capercaillie (bird of the Phasianidae family)

The Ministry for the Ecological Transition has declared each of these species requires an urgent recovery plan and conservation projects to avoid extinction in Spain.

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This ministerial order has kickstarted the creation of seven working groups, one for each species, tasked with integrating experts, scientific entities and organisations to assist in the recovery of each of these species.

However, time is running out, in the case of the European Mink and the Cantabrian Capercaillie, there is believed to exist less than 500 living specimens in the wild.

Secretary general of the NGO WWF, Juan Carlos del Olmo has demanded these conservation programs receive adequate funding which will prove critical to aiding the recovery of these critically endangered species.

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