Global Biodiversity

Crowned CraneANIMALS:  Estimated 10 million species inhabit the earth. Of this estimate, a little more than 1.3 million have actually been named and described by the scientific community.
Natural rate of extinction described as less than one species per year for every million species.  However, habitat destruction has led experts to estimate the current annual rate of extinction is between 1,000 and 10,000 per million species.

Total Known Animal Species (2008)
Invertebrates – 1.3 million
Fish – 30,300
Birds – 10,000
Reptiles – 8,200
Amphibians – 5,700
Mammals – 5,400

PLANTS:  Approximately 300,000 species of plants have been identified out of a total global number of 320,000

Total known Plant Species (2001)
Flowering plants – 270,000
Conifers – 550
Ferns – 12,000
Cycads – 145
Club mosses – 1,000
Mosses and liverworts – 16,000

About The Author

Scott serves as Director of Development & Communications for Audubon Canyon Ranch (focusing on preservation, education and conservation science) and has almost fifteen years of experience spanning for-profit and nonprofit sectors in biotech, wildlife conservation and management, communications, and philanthropy. In addition to a strong track record in organizational growth and leadership, he is the founder of Urban Bird Foundation and Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, and presided over ECHO Fund, a coastal protection and restoration organization, as President for four years. Scott holds an M.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Development and Policy, degrees in Micro & Molecular Biology and Environmental Sciences, and has complemented his studies with a Master's certificate in Environmental Resource Management.

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