Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) are excited to launch the 2016 Red List
of Mammals of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. This Red List
provides an up-to-date assessment of the state of our mammals, of
which 57 (17%) are deemed to be threatened with extinction and 34
(10%) are Near Threatened. The general public will not be familiar with
many of our threatened species as they have restricted ranges and are
rarely seen, such as the Golden Moles (order Afrosoricida) or the
endemic White-tailed Rat (Mystromys albicaudatusi).
The 2016 Mammal Red List of South Africa Lesotho and Swaziland forms part of a series of national Red List projects recently completed by SANBI and partners, which include butterflies, reptiles and birds. The revision was made possible by over 400 experts who provided their data and expertise to inform each assessment. It was funded via the South African National Biodiversity Institute (through a grant by the Norwegian Government that aims to build capacity in the southern Africa region for undertaking assessments), the Endangered Wildlife Trust, the Department of Environmental Affairs, E Oppenheimer & Son and De Beers Group of Companies.
Please click on the orders below for the full species assessments from the 2016 Mammal Red List.
Mammal Red List Coordinator
South African National
Dr Harriet Davies-Mostert
Head of Conservation
Endangered Wildlife Trust
Tel: +27 11 372 3600
Threatened Species Programme Manager
Biodiversity Research and Monitoring
South African National Biodiversity Institute
IUCN Red List Committee
Tel: +27 11 483 5000