Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Most endangered species of the World

WWF has given a list of endangered species, which includes the Tasmanian devil, Javan rhinoceros and the Asian elephant. Twenty-five species of monkeys, langurs, lemurs and gorillas are on the brink of extinction and need global action to protect them from increasing deforestation and illegal trafficking. Help protect their future and see what you can do to make a difference for our planet. Following are the list of endangered species:-

A baby Grauer's gorilla that had been poached from Kahuzi-Biega National Park is seen at the Senkwekwe Orphan Gorilla Center at Virunga National Park in eastern Congo.

Sumatran Orangutan

The Sumatran orangutan is the most endangered of the two orangutan species. It is found only in the northern and western provinces of Sumatra, Indonesia. The species is fast losing its natural habitat to agriculture and human settlements. 

Mountain Gorilla

The mountain gorilla became known on 17 October 1902, and is a subspecies of eastern gorilla. 

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

Tuna is perhaps the most high profile victim of unregulated and uncontrolled overfishing. Bluefin tuna populations have declined alarmingly over the past few years. 

Leatherback turtle

The leatherback turtle has survived for more than a hundred million years, but is now facing extinction. Recent estimates of numbers show that this species is declining precipitously throughout its range.


Less than 3,200 remain in the wild, we have lost 97% of our wild tigers in just last century. 

Snow Leopard

There are up to 6,000 snow leopards in the wild across 12 countries, but its numbers are gradually declining. Hunting and habitat loss just some of the reasons.


 The vaquita is a very small porpoise that lives solely in the Gulf of California, Mexico. The species is critically endangered primarily as a result of entanglement in fishing nets. 

Irrawaddy Dolphin

 Some populations are close to extinction such as those in the Mekong River and Malampaya Sound in the Philippines. The main threats are from fisheries bycatch and habitat loss. 

Javan Rhino

 The Javan rhino is probably the rarest large mammal on the planet, with no more than 50 left in the wild and none in captivity. 

Asian Elephant

Sacred but exploited, the Asian elephant has been worshipped for centuries and is still used today for ceremonial and religious purposes. 

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