A new Animal Endangerment Map has used IUCN and WWF data to show which countries around the world have the most threatened or extinct animal species – and the USA has come out top.

The map also compares these results with data from 10 years ago and highlights where conservation efforts are working and where they might be most needed.

Some 2,346 animal species are known to be endangered because of human actions including rising pollution and climate, which have also been responsible for a staggering 318 animal extinctions to date, new research shows. The United States has experienced the most animal extinctions to date, with 275 reported incidences, at least seven of which were at least partly caused by pollution.

Further research has revealed that agriculture and aquaculture is the biggest threat to many endangered species, including the fishing and harvesting of aquatic resources, the production of food and livestock farming.

A staggering 7,522 species are currently threatened as a result of agriculture and aquaculture, 2,562 of which are Critically Endangered. The second biggest threat is the over-use of biological resources, which have the potential to impact 2,406 Critically Endangered species.

Climate change and pollution continue to rise as threats, with severe weather, changing ecosystems and rising temperatures responsible for 33 animal extinctions, while pollution has caused 37 extinctions to date, the data shows.

The Animal Endangerment Map has collated and analysed official conservation reports to reveal the species that are currently classed as extinct, endangered and vulnerable around the world and how conservation efforts have changed over the past decade, showing which countries have experienced the most animal extinction to date.

More than 28,000 species are currently threatened with extinction worldwide and these represent more than a quarter (27 per cent) of all species assessed.

Only four countries have seen a decline (of 3 per cent or more) in animal endangerment and extinction over the past decade: Uganda, South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands, the Falkland Islands and Holy See.

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