Top 10 Endangered Animals
5 Golden Headed Langur
Scientific Name: Cercopithecidae trachypithecus
Population Remaining: Fewer than 200
Among the rarest primates in the world, there are only 20% of the species left that were present 3 generations ago. The remoteness of the species natural habitat makes it difficult to monitor the population, though the fact that the remainder of the species is able to call an island home does protect them somewhat from outside forces.
4 Vaquita Porpoise
Scientific Name: Phocoena sinus
Population Remaining: fewer than 200
Another recent discovery, 1958 saw the discovery of this porpoise in the warm waters of the Gulf of California. The large number of commercial and recreational fisherman in the area frequently catch this large fish, and because of their size (about 120 pounds) and rarity, often keep them as trophies. Elimination of bycatch is an important objective in holding onto this dwindling species.
3 Hawksbill Turtle
Scientific Name: Eretmochelys imbricata
Population Remaining: Inexact, but critically endangered
The beauty of the tortoiseshell pattern on the back of the Hawksbill turtles shell is their most distinctive feature. Sadly, it is also the reason they are prized by hunters and poachers as part of the wildlife trade. They are direct descendants of species that roamed the oceans of the planet during the time of the dinosaurs, and a irreplaceable living link to that history.
2 Javan Rhino
Scientific Name: Rhinoceros sondaicus
Population Remaining: Between 30 and 40
While the Black Rhino was responsible for the establishment of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), it is the Javan Rhino which is now one of the most endangered in the world. Vietnam was once also home to these magnificent animals, but the last one was poached in 2010, leaving their sole habitat as the Ujong Kulon National Park located in Java. Once roaming the length of south east Asia from India to Indonesia, the national park is the last hope to protect the species.
1 Amur Leopard
Scientific Name: Panthera pardus orientalis
Population Remaining: Around 30 Individuals
The Amur Leopard is a species native to the temperate rainforests of Asia. Because of their habitat they have also acquired the name of Far East, Manchurian and Korean Leopard. The animal only stands two-three feet tall but can leap up to five times that vertically, making it a formidable jungle predator. It will take an enormous effort to bring the Amur Leopard back from the brink of extinction.