In a world run by technology and reality TV, we often forget about the sacred and natural things that make this Earth such a special place. Our wild animals, once viewed as majestic, beautiful creatures; are now being forgotten. I can remember being a child and wanting to go to the zoo or aquarium to learn all I could about these amazing animals. We now find ourselves in a predicament where some of these animals are at risk of becoming extinct. Can you imagine a world with no horses, rhinos or tigers? Can you fathom having to use books and pictures to explain what these animals were because they no longer exist? Well if we don’t educate ourselves and do something to save these animals that will be their fate. In this list we will be listing and giving background information on ten endangered species.
- The first animal on our list is the vaquita, they are currently the most endangered marine mammal in the world. They are tiny porpoises that live in the Gulf of California. They often drown after becoming entangled in illegal gill nets used by fishermen in Mexican waters. Vaquitas were only discovered by scientists in the 1950s; there may now be as few as 30 of them remaining.
- The next animal on our list is the Tiger. Four subspecies are already extinct due to relentless hunting by humans and habitat loss. Only five subspecies remain; all residing in Asia, and all struggling for survival in the wild. There are currently less than 3,000 tigers in total, with that number plummeting on a weekly basis due to poachers. Tiger’s body parts are sold illegally for thousands of dollars which makes poachers willing to take the risk of illegally hunting these animals.
- The Amur leopard is another big cat on our list. It is a very rare subspecies that can be found in Eastern Russia. Korea and China were also habitats for this animal, but they are now extinct in those areas. Habitat loss, poaching, and global climate change are all threats to this animal’s survival.
- The leatherback sea turtle graces our list. It is the biggest turtle on earth and swims all over the globe which gives it the largest range of any species. The population continues to plummet due to theft of eggs by humans, illegal hunting, and the swallowing of plastic debris.
- This animal was actually considered extinct until 2004 due to reports of sightings in Florida and Arkansas. Our 5th animal on the list is the Ivory Billed Woodpecker. The small number of these birds is due to loss of habitat due to logging, and humans hunting them for their feathers.
- The Javan rhinoceros is the most endangered of the world’s five rhinoceros species, with an estimated 40-60 animals remaining on the western tip of the Island of Java (Indonesia) in Ujung Kulon National Park. These animals are hunted by poachers for their horns and tough skin.
The next animal on our list is the Red Panda. Almost 50 percent of the red panda’s habitat is in the Eastern Himalayas. The loss of nesting trees and bamboo is causing a decline in red panda populations across much of their range due to their forest home being cleared.
- Our next animal is the Northern Sportive Lemur, it is said that there may be less than 20 Northern Sportive Lemur’s left in the wild. Their small population is due to loss of habitat.
- The Chinese giant salamander is the world’s largest amphibian; it was once common in Central and Southern China but due to human consumption is almost completely disappeared.
- Rounding up our list is our wild horses. With over 50,000 wild horses being held in holding facilities, and thousands being slaughtered for human consumption. Our wild horses need our protecting.