Here are The Most Endangered species that are at the edge of extension and only a few of them are left.
These species are some of you haven’t heard of and Hope so you will enjoy.
Specie no. 1
The Bornean Orangutan. When you think about the various monkey species of the world, you might believe that they’re ones.
Who aren’t prone to being close to extinction all that often.
But there are many factors that lead to a species going extinct. And the Bornean Orangutan is very close to that level of destruction.
This species can be found on the island of Borneo, and they’ve actually populated that area for a great deal of time.
They have small physical differences from “regular” Orangutans, mainly in their faces. Which makes them rather adorable.
But, their population numbers are frightening, as they have been falling since the 1950s.
In fact, a study on The Bornean Orangutan revealed that the population of the species has dropped by 60% . It is believed it could be another 22% drop by 2025.
These massive drops are why they are critically endangered. So what caused these massive drops in population size?
First, because they only live on the island, it hurts their chances to expand. Which makes them vulnerable to human interference as the forests of Borneo are being chopped down slowly but surely.
Two, they don’t breed that often, a female Bornean Orangutan only has birth every 6-8 years. Finally, they’re being illegally poached.
Though efforts to stop this are being made. If more progress isn’t seen soon, the Bornean Orangutan won’t be around for too much longer.
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Endangered species no. 2
South China Tiger. Tigers may be one of the most dangerous predators in the world. But they’re also one of the biggest “prizes” for those who illegally poach.
One of the most poached tigers out there is the South China Tiger. You see, in China, they use parts of exotic animals for medicine.
No, for real, they really believe in that kind of medicine.
And whether it works or not, people make money off of it. This means they’re always a demand for something like a South China Tiger. Even if the supply is slowly running out.
This is actually a bright spot of the situation. Because, even though this has been going on for years and years, the South China Tiger still exists for now.
But that may soon change. In 2004, a survey of where the South China Tiger lived mostly found that there were no active wild populations.
They’re not extinct for the record, there are certain members of the species being held in captivity. But this proves that the situation that they’re facing is quite severe.
Specie No. 3:
Pika. Before we talk about the Pika, What does it take to be a known species of animal and yet not be found all that often?
You’d have to ask the Pika. They weren’t officially discovered until 1983, and then they “disappeared” afterward and weren’t spotted again until 2014.
Sure, they live in the mountains of China, but how do they hide that well for so long? That’s talent. There is a drawback though, there are only around 1000 Pika left in the world, at last count.
And their lifestyle is to blame. They prefer a certain temperature, but because of climate change.
They are forced to climb higher into the mountains to get where they need to go.
But in doing so, they put themselves in danger of not having enough food to survive.
As if all that wasn’t enough, there is also the fact that air pollution is abundant in those mountain ranges. This is what is killing the Pika off as well.
So unless people find a way to help the Pika survive in the lower parts of the mountain. They’ll soon die out by one of many possible means.
Endangered species no. 4:
Black-Footed Ferret. Ferrets are everywhere if you know where to look, which might make them seem like they are extinct-proof.
But in North America, there are only one ferret species that is actually dying out…for a second time. The Black-Footed Ferret.
In the past, when their numbers were so low that they couldn’t be found at all and such. They were declared extinct.
But then that was disproven and their population bounded back up. One of the reasons they died out the first time, though, was because of what they ate.
In the early days of the USA, the Black-Footed Ferret would eat Prairie Dogs. Which were being poisoned by the local humans.
And since the Ferrets ate them, they would die too. Add to that habitat destruction and you got a plethora of reasons that this species is dying out.
Specie no. 5:
Giant Otters. No, really, there are Giant Otters out there in the world. This certain species can be up to 6 feet in length, at times.
While that would make them strong and powerful enough to survive. Where they live, in South America, it also makes them a target.
Mainly, people hunt them down to try and get their pelts, which can be very valuable in certain markets.
Thankfully, this kind of poaching has been banned, and so they aren’t suffering as much, but there are those who still go after them.
The other problem is that they live in rivers, and many of their habitats have been ruined because of building projects, overfishing, pollution, and the like.
But what might be the most disturbing thing is that the Giant Otters are known to get into the water areas of humans, and humans aren’t amused by them.
So they’ll destroy them simply in the name of making their home “safe” or “getting rid of pests”.
Endangered species no. 6
Hawksbill Turtle. Turtles are another one of those species where you might wonder how endangered they are. But for many turtles, they are endangered because of human interference…and the Hawksbill Turtle is a prime example of that.
Because these very cool turtles have a rather unique shell, one that has overlapping scales that make it look like they’re very serrated, they are a key item for collectors.
This unique pattern is highly valued on land, so poachers go down and kill the turtle, and then take the shell to sell.
And they make good money doing it.
This is, of course, a travesty, as the Hawksbill Turtle is said to be a species of turtle that has been around for about 100 million years.
But not only that, they’re a key part of the ecosystem of the ocean. Hawksbill Turtles help keep the coral reefs alive, and so if they were to go extinct, a lot of other creatures would be affected.
Endangered species no. 7
Amur Leopard. Here’s another Big Cat that is in serious danger of being extinct, the Amur Leopard. You won’t find this creature in Africa though, far from it in fact.
Instead, they reside in Russia and in China. Which is a struggle in and of itself, given the rough terrain and dangers of the land.
But it’s the natives of China and Russia that have caused the Amur Leopard to go from thousands to dozens in population size.
Like many animals, the first blood was drawn when its habitats were destroyed. And then, they would be hunted for their fur, which ended up reducing the species by 80% of its population.
At last count, there are only 57 of these leopards left in Russia, and they may not even be in China anymore.
This means that if things keep getting pushed, there won’t be any more Amur Leopards in the world in a short amount of time.
Endangered species no. 8
Vaquita. I want you to picture a dolphin, how big is it? You’re likely thinking of something of a rather good size, right?
Well, when it comes to one species of porpoise, the Vaquita, is actually rather petite in comparison to the usual dolphin.
On average it weighs only 95 pounds, and at most it’s barely five feet long. A stark contrast from the others of its kind, which is one of the reasons it’s very much endangered.
The Vaquita usually reside off of the Gulf of California, and rather uniquely, it stays in groups of two or three in order to get food.
So why are the Vaquita dying out? Simple…human interference. But not in the way you think.
Overfishing is hurting the populations of sea creatures that they eat. And they are known to get caught in the nets of fishermen and drown.
Studies have shown that 39 Vaquita a year die from being tangled in nets, and more die because their food supply dropped.
At last count, there are only 150 Vaquita left in the ocean, and more than likely there are a lot fewer.
This means that it may only be a matter of time until they’re gone for good.
Endangered species Number 9
Sumatran Elephant. Elephants, as a whole, are a species that have been hunted to the near risk of extinction many times over, and it’s all because of the ivory that comes from their tusks.
Ivory is very valuable, and many people want it for various reasons.
So they want it, and poachers will kill elephants by the hundreds to get it and make money off of it.
For the Sumatran Elephant, that is a major reason for its population loss, but not the only one. It has also got a habitat problem.
The forests of Sumatran are being cut down, and that’s where Asian elephants like to live.
And when they can’t live there anymore, they’re forced to wander around, including into human settlements.
Which, as you can guess, is not very well-liked. So the townspeople shoot them in “self-defense,” further thinning their numbers.
In the past generation, the Sumatran Elephant is said to have lost half of its entire population.
Endangered species No. 10
Sumatran Rhinoceros. Rhinos as a whole are a species of animal that are almost always in danger of extinction.
And it’s for a very simple reason…they, too, have horns made of Ivory.
And just like their Asian elephant brethren, they’re hunted in great numbers for it.
Many rhino species have been wiped out due to their ivory, and others have been decimated, including the Sumatran Rhinoceros.
One of the big reasons why the Sumatran Rhinoceros is singled out, in terms of value, is because it’s the only rhino to have two horns.
And more horns means more Ivory to retrieve and sell. So, because of its rarity, there are only a couple hundred of them left, at best.
And, unlike certain other species, there’s always a demand for rhino horn or elephant tusk, which puts it at the top of every poacher’s list in terms of a payday.
The true sadness of this is that if the Sumatran Rhinoceros does die out, it won’t change things.
The poachers will continue to hunt and take out every rhino species they can find that has a horn.
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