Top 5 Endangered Animals


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The endangered saola

Animals are living creatures that should be protected. However, due largely to destruction of habitat, pollution, hunting, fishing, and exotic species, many species of animals have become endangered. The WWF has identified the following animals to the top of their list of endangered animals.

The Siberian Tiger is the largest cat in the world, weighing 660 pounds. The Siberian Tiger lives in Russia’s cold and icy Far East and thrives in places under 50 degrees fahrenheit. The population of the Siberian Tiger was about 40 in the 1930’s, but now it has gone up to about 500 tigers. Even though the Siberian Tiger is protected it is still endangered from illegal hunting and habitat loss.

This critically endangered rhino species has a population of just 58-68 rhinos. All the Javan Rhinos live in Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia. The Javan Rhino can weigh up to 5,071 pounds and can be as wide as 10.5 feet. These rhinos are endangered because of disease, invasive species, natural disasters, and reduced genetic diversity.

The Amur Leopard is the rarest cat in the world with a population of about 60 leopards. This can jump around 19 feet horizontally and 10 feet vertically. They are solitary animals and the rare cat lives in the area of the Russian Far East. Amur leopards can run up to 37 miles per hour and live up to 10-15 years in the wild. The main threat for the amur leopard is poaching from villagers living around Amur Leopard reserves.

This animal is the rarest marine mammal in the world. The Vaquita was only discovered in 1958, but its population has dropped dramatically over the years. There are only 30 Vaquitas in the world and they are mostly found near the Gulf of California. The Vaquita will most likely be extinct in 2018 because of fishery bycatch, which is the act of unintentionally catching other marine species.

The Saola was discovered two decades ago and it is so rare that it has only been documented four times. When the saola was discovered, it was already endangered. The population of the saola is unknown, because of how rare it is to see one. Habitat loss and hunting are the main reasons that the saola is endangered.

Many of these animals are endangered because of human behavior. People should work to protect and save endangered animal species. WWF, an organization dedicated to conserving nature, and protecting endangered species asks for donations to keep protecting nature and endangered species.