What does it Mean?

The status of our fauna species comes under several categories, you need to note the status of any wildlife that comes into care as species listed from the Threatened status upwards should be reported to DEPI and always must be returned from the area they came.
THREATENED is the collective term used to denote taxa that fall into the first three categories below
1. CRITICALLY ENDANGERED :This is the category for anything facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild in the immediate future
2. ENDANGERED : When a species is not critically endangered but is facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future
3. VULNERABLE : When a species is not critically endangered or endangered but is facing a high risk of extinction in the wild in the medium-term future
LOWER RISK : Near Threatened : when it has been evaluated but does not satisfy the criteria for any of the above but which comes close to qualifying as vulnerable. In practice these species are most likely to move into a threatened category should current declines continue or catastrophes occur
DATA DEFICIENT : Is the term used when there is inadequate information to make a direct or indirect assessment of its risk of extinction based on distribution or population status. More information is required.

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