Congo's 'forest giraffe' on brink of extinction
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This is a Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004 file photo of three-month-old okapi baby Lulu, left, looks back under the protection of her 7-year-old mother Layla at "Zoorasia" zoo in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo. The International Union for Conservation of Nature says Congo's national symbol, the okapi, is on the brink of extinction. The Switzerland-based group says the population of the okapi, also known as the "forest giraffe," has dwindled because of poaching and habitat loss. IUCN's Red List of endangered species, updated twice a year, rates it as endangered — two steps away from extinction in the wild. (AP Photo/Chiaki Tsukumo, File)
This is a Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004 file photo of three-month-old okapi baby Lulu, left, looks back under the protection of her 7-year-old mother Layla at "Zoorasia" zoo in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo. The International Union for Conservation of Nature says Congo's national symbol, the okapi, is on the brink of extinction. The Switzerland-based group says the population of the okapi, also known as the "forest giraffe," has dwindled because of poaching and habitat loss. IUCN's Red List of endangered species, updated twice a year, rates it as endangered — two steps away from extinction in the wild. (AP Photo/Chiaki Tsukumo, File)
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This file photo provided Oct. 31, 2013 by the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens shows a newborn Okapi calf, right, and its mother, named Baraka, in their compound at the zoo in Los Angeles. The International Union for Conservation of Nature says Congo's national symbol, the okapi, is on the brink of extinction. The Switzerland-based group says the population of the okapi, also known as the "forest giraffe," has dwindled because of poaching and habitat loss. IUCN's Red List of endangered species, updated twice a year, rates it as endangered — two steps away from extinction in the wild. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Zoo, Tad Motoyama, File)
This file photo provided Oct. 31, 2013 by the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens shows a newborn Okapi calf, right, and its mother, named Baraka, in their compound at the zoo in Los Angeles. The International Union for Conservation of Nature says Congo's national symbol, the okapi, is on the brink of extinction. The Switzerland-based group says the population of the okapi, also known as the "forest giraffe," has dwindled because of poaching and habitat loss. IUCN's Red List of endangered species, updated twice a year, rates it as endangered — two steps away from extinction in the wild. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Zoo, Tad Motoyama, File)
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GENEVA (AP) — The International Union for Conservation of Nature says Congo's national symbol, the okapi, is on the brink of extinction.

The Switzerland-based group says the population of the okapi, also known as the "forest giraffe," has dwindled because of poaching and habitat loss.

IUCN's Red List of endangered species, updated twice a year, rates it as endangered — two steps away from extinction in the wild.

The update published Tuesday also labels the sub-Saharan white-winged flufftail as critically endangered. Just a few hundred birds still survive in Africa.

Meanwhile, the leatherback turtle has benefited from conservation efforts and is now rated vulnerable.

Two albatross species and California's island fox also have recovered.

IUCN says 21,286 of the 71,576 species surveyed are threatened with extinction.

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Red List website: http://www.iucnredlist.org/



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