Attempting to find an exact answer to the question, "How many species are becoming extinct?" may prove futile.
While some experts estimate that between 0.01 and 0.1 percent of all species on Earth will become extinct each year, the truth is we just don't know how many species are out there to begin with.
But one group is hoping to find out. And then they want to help keep those lost species safe, according to a recent article on Seeker.com.
The Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) is commissioning an expedition comprised of scientists and local partners to journey to the far corners of the Earth and locate hidden or lost species in the wild.
"Expeditions for lost species are going to take scientists across the planet from the dark depths of the ocean to the bottom of rushing freshwater rivers, from the lush jungles of the tropics, to the seemingly barren wastelands of the desert," Don Church, GWC president and director of conservation, said in a statement posted on Seeker.com.