Top 10 Endangered Animals
The world is home to some truly awe-inspiring and beautiful creatures. Sadly however, some of these unique species are threatened by a number of forces such as loss of habitat, poaching and climate change. There are many organizations that do amazing work in fighting to protect the most endangered animal species on the planet, and it is from their resources we have put together this list.
If you would like to see what you could do to contribute to the conservation efforts a great place to start is the World Wildlife Fund.
Scientific Name: Pongo abelii
Population Remaining: Approximately 7000
Another native of Sumatra, this amazing animal has been observed to have some of the closest familial and social ties of any primate, and these interactions most closely mirror that of humans. Despite the larger total population, only three communities of the Orangutan number more than 250, meaning that the remainder are isolated, small and vulnerable. The hunt for palm oil and deforestation are major threats to the ever shrinking tracts of land in which these close relatives of humans remain.
Scientific Name: Ailuropoda melanoleuca
Population Remaining: Approximately 1600
The Panda is the rarest member of the bear family, growing from a baby the size of a fist to over 900 times their original size when fully grown. They are native to the Yangtze basin in China. It is this location that holds the greatest hope for their survival, with the Chinese government declaring them a national treasure and directing significant efforts toward their protection.