Lesotho

SPI: 1.75

Species Protection Index Average: 41

National Report Card: Lesotho

Lesotho is a mountainous country contained within and surrounded by South Africa. Most of the country is used for human activities, in its majority by rangeland. Lesotho has high biodiversity rarity of terrestrial land vertebrates at a global scale. When analysed as single taxons, the rarity of amphibians and reptiles is also high. Challenges to biodiversity include population pressure; overgrazing; soil erosion and desertification.
0.44%

of land currently protected

972

total land vertebrate species

1

endemic land vertebrate species

Species of significant conservation interest

Black Rhino

23
amphibians / 1 endemic
763
birds / 0 endemic
98
mammals / 0 endemic
88
reptiles / 0 endemic

Information on this page was sourced from the CIA World Factbook and the Half-Earth Project Map.

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