A mouse found in the mountains of Madagascar, a lizard that can run across water and a flying frog have all been added to this year’s ‘red list’ of species in danger of going extinct. Every year the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) compiles a list of the animals and plants that are in danger of being lost forever.This year the list is longer than ever, with 17,921 species in danger of going extinct including well known mammals such as pandas, tigers and rhinos.
Recent additions to the list include the eastern voalavo, a newly-discovered rodent that lives in the mountain forests of Madagascar but is being driven out by slash and burn agriculture. The Philippine sail-fin water lizard, that has flattened toes to enable it to run across water, is targetted for the pet trade and local cosumption. Rabb’s fringe-limbed treefrog from Panama, that uses its huge webbed hands and feet to sail down from the canopy, is also in danger from deforestation.