Wildlife extinction is a global crisis. The poaching often makes headlines, but the habitat loss and environmental pollution are also important factors to consider in the disappearance of certain animal species.
According to a 2015 study, climate change will lead to the permanent disappearance ofone in six species on the planet if we don’t act.
There are currently 17 animals on the World Wildlife Fund’s List of Critically Endangered Species (WWF), including three rhino species, six primates and two big cats.
Five of those species on the list have around 100 animals or fewer on the planet, such as the saola, of which only about 20 individuals remain today.
The 10 most endangered species in the world
If all the animals on the critically endangered species list of the WWF are in danger, some of them are on the way to disappearing completely.
10. Sunda’s Tiger
This one tiger originally fromIndonesiasees its population decrease in 19% per decade.
9. Sumatran Elephant
One of the three recognized subspecies of the Asian elephant, theSumatran elephantis also fromIndonesia and its population also declines in 19% per decade.
8. Bornean Orangutan
O orangutanshighly intelligent primates, originated in borneo and their number decreases by 20% per decade.
7. Eastern Plain Gorilla
the majestic gorilla eastern lowland gorilla, sometimes called Grauer’s gorilla, is endemic to eastern highland forests Democratic Republic of Congo. Their number is decreasing at a rate of 24% per decade.
6. Yangtze Porpoise
This one boto of the Chinese river, rare and threatened, sees its number of individuals fall by a third (33%) per decade.
5. Sumatran rhino
The rhino Sumatran is the smallest of the living rhinos and the only Asian rhinoceros to have two horns. Unfortunately, their number is dwindling 35% per decade.
4. African Forest Elephant
I’elephant The African Forest tree is native to the humid forests of West Africa and the Congo. The species loses almost half (47%) of its members per decade.
3. Gorilla Crossing the River
This increasingly rare ape lives in the wooded hills and mountains of the border region between Cameroon and the Nigeria, at the source of the Cross River (Nigeria). the species loses 51% of its population per decade.
The vaquita is a small boto found only in the northern Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) in Mexico. The animal that always seems to smile would have every reason to see that expression disappear from its face, because its species is losing 76% of its individuals per decade, meaning it is in danger of disappearing completely by 2050.
The saola, also called the “Asian unicorn”, is a magnificent bovine creature and one of the rarest large mammals in the world. It lives in the forests of the Annamites range in Vietnam is at Laos.
Saola’s population declines by 80% per decade, meaning it is in danger of disappearing completely by 2050.
Why is saola particularly threatened?
This animal is so rare that biologists have never seen it in the wild and so little known that there is not a single one in captivity anywhere on the planet.
A group of scientists plans to launch an unprecedented two-year search to find some of the last Saola and establish a breeding program to save them. They are building one of the most expert wildlife tracking teams ever, incorporating native trackers, specially trained detection dogs and state-of-the-art DNA tracking technology.
They are just waiting for the investment to start. To help save the rarest land mammal on the planet, you can do so here.