Coral reef, Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia – The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has published its annual Red List, which details threats to animals and plants. The 2012 report has assessed more than 60,000 species. Coral reefs are among the most threatened organisms on Earth, with a third threatened with extinction. More than 275 million people are dependent on coral reefs for food, coastal protection and livelihoods, according to the IUCN.
King Cobra (Ophiophagus Hannah) – The world's largest venomous snake is classified as "vulnerable" to extinction by the IUCN. Of the 63,837 total species assessed, 19,817 are threatened with extinction.