In an annual "health check for the planet", the International Union for Conservation of Nature has released its list of the most threatened animals on earth. The scary news? Twenty-five percent of all mammals are on the verge of extinction. That's a big number to swallow, considering there are over 44,000 animals on the Red List this year.
Check out my slideshow of just a few of the animals that are critically endangered, but also check out Conservation International's website with an educational countdown clock showing us animals that are pushed to extinction every nine to 44 minutes. It's scary stuff, but it really makes you realize how delicate the balance is between safe . . . and extinct.