Seven of the Most Endangered Animal Species

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Many animals go extinct or become endangered each year. Some of the most endangered animals are the Amur leopards, sea turtles, orangutans, Sumatran elephants, vaquita, rhinos, and pangolins according to onekindplanet.org.

Amur Leopard

These leopards are a rare subspecies which have adapted to living in temperate areas in Russia. The main threat to this gorgeous species is illegal hunting for their spotted fur. The Amur leopard is currently critically endangered according to panda.org.

Sea turtles

There are five different types of sea turtles:  Hawksbill, Loggerhead, Leatherback, Green, Olive Ridley Turtle. Almost every type of sea turtle is considered endangered as a result of human activities. They are slaughtered for their meat, skin, eggs, and shells, according to worldwildlife.org.

Orangutan

Orangutans reside in lowland forests, there are three main types of orangutans in existence Bornean, Sumatran, and Tapanuli. Many orangutans are hunted to be used as food, mostly females, and the young are kept as pets according to worldwildlife.org.

Sumatran elephant

Sumatran elephants live in tropical moist forests and feed off of plants and deposit seeds, which contributes to a healthy ecosystem. These animals are critically endangered thanks to habitat loss and deforestation. Elephant population has declined about eighty percent in the last 25 years according to worldwildlife.org.

Vaquita

The Vaquita, the world’s rarest marine mammal,  is near extinction. The Vaquita lives in marine habitats north of the Gulf of California. The vaquita’s main threat is getting caught in fishing nets and being left to drown. As a result there as few as 50 left in the world according to defenders.org.

Rhino

Many types of rhinos are endangered such as the Javan, Sumatran, Indian, and White Rhinos according to therhinoorphanage.co. Rhinos reside in tropical grasslands, savannahs, forests, and shrub lands. They suffer from poaching and illegal wildlife trade according to worldwildlife.org

Pangolin

Pangolins are currently endangered as a result of trafficking and being killed for their meat. Pangolins live in forests and grasslands and are found in Asia and Africa according to worldwildlife.org.

If you would like to help these animals and others visit worldwildlife.org.

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