Mammal
Red list

About the
Mammal red list

The Mammal Red List of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland provides an up-to-date assessment of the conservation status of our mammals, of which 57 (17%) are deemed to be threatened with extinction, and 34 (10%) are Near Threatened.
343
species
17%
threatened with extinction
10%
near threatened

The Mammal Red List forms part of a series of national Red List projects including assessments of butterflies, reptiles, and birds.

Building on the 2004 Mammal Red List coordinated by the EWT, the 2016 revised assessments were based on data and expertise from over 400 experts. The project was funded via SANBI (through a grant by the Norwegian Government for building capacity for conducting assessments in the southern African region), the EWT, the Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment (DFFE), E Oppenheimer & Son, and De Beers Group of Companies. We will begin the next revision of the Mammal Red List soon.

Contact us
for more information

dr Lizanne Roxburgh

Senior Scientist

The Endangered Wildlife Trust

Tel: +27 11 372 3600

dr Ian Little

Head of Conservation

The Endangered Wildlife Trust

Tel: + 27 21 799 8800

Domitilla Raimondo

Threatened Species
Programme Manager

Biodiversity Research and Monitoring
South African National Biodiversity Institute
IUCN Red List Committee

Tel: +27 11 483 5000