Vulnerable species

IUCN conservation category

A vulnerable species is a species of animals or plants which are likely to become endangered unless something changes. Something has to be done to remove the things that are harmful to their survival, and their rate of reproduction needs to increase.

Conservation status
Risk of extinction

Extinct in the Wild


Critically Endangered

Lower risk

Conservation Dependent
Near Threatened
Least Concern

Related pages

World Conservation Union
IUCN Red List

A vulnerable species is one which has been categorised by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. There are now 4728 animals and 4914 plants listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.[1]


  1. IUCN (2012). "IUCN Red List version 2012.2: Table 2: Changes in numbers of species in the threatened categories (CR, EX, VU) from 1996 to 2012 (IUCN Red List version 2012.2) for the major taxonomic groups on the Red List" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-12-31.