Could you imagine a world without tigers, the giant panda, or the rhinoceros? What a paler place it would be.
Could you imagine a world without tigers, the giant panda, or the rhinoceros? What a paler place it would be. Astonishing amounts of animals are considered critically endangered and near extinction. If we would like these animals to be around for future generations, we cannot hesitate in our efforts to help them.
Rhinoceros - Sadly, the White, Black and Javan rhinoceros are all on the critically endangered list. The Indonesian Javan Rhino is in particularly bad shape with having less than 60 of their kind left in the world. There are about 3000 Black Rhinos left. Illegal Hunting is their major threat.
Guar/Seladang - The Gaur is the largest buffalo in the world. Its home is India and Southeast Asia. In 2008, they officially became listed as an endangered species. Their plight is mostly due to the deforestation of their habitat, over hunting and disease from domestic cattle.
Giant Panda - The Giant panda originates from China, Burma and Vietnam. High estimates say there are fewer than 2000 left in the world, low estimates say 700. The primary reason for the decline in their population is poaching and loss of habitat.
Sumatran Tiger - This beautiful big cat is a native of Indonesia. Over the last fifty years, their numbers have decreased drastically from hunters and destruction of the Indonesian forests. Over 80% of the Indonesian forests has been cut down and sadly more is lost daily. Thanks to strict hunting laws, the Sumatran Tiger’s number have been slowly increasing over the last ten years. However, their population is still below 600.
Walia Ibex- The Walia Ibex makes their home in the northern mountains of Ethiopia. They are a critically endangered animal. However, there numbers have slowly been rising. In 1963, there was only 150-200 of them; today there numbers have grown to 500. Sadly, their habitat is diminished so much that even if their numbers do grow, it will be unable to sustain more than 2000. Their plight is due to loss of habitat ad poaching.
Siberian/Amur Tiger- The Siberian tiger is the largest cat in the world. They are found in Russia. Today there are around 400 Siberian Tigers in the world. Although, this may not seem like a lot, it is a definite improvement on the 40 that lived only 50 years ago.
Giant Anteater - The Giant Anteater lives in Mexico and Central and South America. They are listed as “vulnerable”. However, there is only an estimated 5000 left in the wild and about 90 in zoos. Careful conservation is needed to ensure their numbers do not decrease further.
Polar Bear- Polar bears live throughout the Artic. At one time, there was several hundred thousand but due to excessive hunting; there numbers have decreased to fewer than 25,000.
Dama Gazelle - The Dama Gazelle originates from Africa. There is three subspecies of Dama gazelles - the Addra, Dama and the Mhorr gazelle. Two of the subspecies - the Mhorr and the Dama are now extinct in the wild and only exist in zoos. While, the Addra is still seen in the wild, their numbers count less than 2000 and they are considered critically endangered. Multiple threats endanger the remaining wild gazelle, everything from illegal hunting, disease from domestic animals, loss of habitat, starvation and war.
Mountain Gorilla - This resident of Africa has joined the critically endangered list due to illegal poaching and tree harvesting. Their numbers once in the thousands, now is estimated at less than 700. Thankfully, due to serious conservation efforts, there has been a significant increase in the mountain gorilla population over the last few years.
Black-Footed Ferret - The Black-footed ferret makes their home in North America where sadly they have been hunted to almost extinction. They are the most endangered species in North America with less than 100 of their kind remaining. Man’s unrestrained hunting is bringing about their extinction.
Golden- Headed Langur- This adorable monkey lives in Vietnam. They are critically endangered with their numbers now only being between 60-70. Hunters, traders and loss of habitat are bringing about their extinction.
African Wild Ass- The African wild ass is a critically endangered animal. In 2002, there were less than 570 of them. Their decline in population is due to illegal hunting, loss of habitat and from the interbreeding between them and domestic donkeys.
Tapir - The tapir is found in Central America and Malaysia. Tapirs are related to horses and are one of the most primitive animals on earth. Tapirs have existed on Earth for 55 million years virtually unchanged. Humans have brought them to the brink on extinction in just less than 100 years.
There are four different types of tapirs. Three are considered “endangered“, while one is “vulnerable“. The Baird’s tapir is endangered and has a population of around 5000. The Malayan Tapir has a population of 1500-2000 and is endangered. There is around 2,500 Mountain tapir remaining and they too are endangered. The Lowland tapir is listed as vulnerable. The decline of the Tapir can be blamed on hunting and the destruction of their habitat from logging and farming.
Amur Leopard - The Amur leopard comes from East Russia, Korea and Northeast China. They are the rarest big cat in the world and are “critically endangered”. There is only 30-40 left in the world.
Sadly, many beautiful animals on this planet are on the verge of extinction. Only serious changes made immediately will make a difference in their survival. It will take all of us working together to save these species and to ensure no more feel their plight. Although it is too late for those we have already driven to extinction, it is not too late for those critically endangered. It is up to us to ensure they will be there for future generations.