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Least Concern

Diagram of IUCN conservation categories
Diagram of IUCN conservation categories

Least Concern (LC) is a conservation status assigned by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to species or lower taxa that have been evaluated but do not qualify for any other category. Many common species, such as the giraffe, american alligator, golden eagle, red fox, plains zebra and humans are assigned to the least concern category.

Species cannot be assigned to this category unless they have had their population status evaluated. Adequate information is needed to make an assessment of its risk of extinction based on its distribution and/or population status.

Also see:
Data Deficient
Near Threatened
Critically Endangered
Extinct in the Wild


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