What does it mean when a species is critically endangered?



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    Critically endangered is one of many levels of risk of species extinction by the IUCN. The definition I found states that a critically endangered species is one “considered to be facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.” This ranks above endangered, but below extinct in the wild, meaning that species with this ranking are dangerously close to no longer existing in the wild as they have abysmally low numbers. The black rhino is an example of a critically endangered species. 

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