Endangered Species


Key:

Critically Endangered - Dark red

Endangered - Bright red

Vulnerable - Orange

Threatened - Yellow

Least Concern - Green

African Painted Dog

Amur Leopard

Arizona Agave

Asian Elephant

Axolotl

Baobab Tree

Black Footed Ferret

Blue Whale

Bluefin Tuna

Bonobo

Chinese Giant Salamander

Chinese Pangolin

Dragon Tree

Georgia Aster

Gharial

Hector's Dolphin

Helmeted hornbill

Indus River Dolphin

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

Javan Rhinoceros

Leatherback Sea Turtle

Lord Howe Stick Insect

Northern Right Whale

Northern Sportive Lemur

Orca

Pelagic Thresher Shark

Rafflesia Flower

Red Ruffed Lemur

Red Panda

Saiga Antelope

Siberian Tiger

Small Whorled Pogonia

Texas wild rice

Totoaba

Tooth-Billed Pigeon

Vaquita

Western Lowland Gorilla

Western Prairie Fringed Orchid

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Image by Charles J Sharp

African Painted Dog

Endangered

As you might have guessed, African painted dogs (or African Wild Dogs) inhabit fragments of Africa. They are endangered and on a decline, mostly because of habitat fragmation, disease, and conflict with humans. There are only around 6,600 of the dogs left, 1,409 are mature. To find out more about African Painted Dogs and to find a place to donate to saving them, click on the link below.

  1. https://wildlifeact.com/blog/why-african-wild-dogs-are-endangered/
  2. https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/12436/166502262
Image by Pixabay user MarkMurphy

Amur Leopard

Critically Endangered

Located in the Russian Far East , the Amur Leopard is "important ecologically, economically and culturally" [1]. The largest threat to this species is hunting, poaching, and illegal trade. People kill these animals for their beautiful fur, which sells for hundreds of dollars.

Learn more and donate with the links below:

  1. https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/amur-leopard
Image on Wikimedia Commons by Milo44

Arizona Agave

Endangered

The Arizona agave is a hybrid species of plant native to Arizona. Because it is slow reproducing and dies after it flowers, it is harder hit by decreasing population. With only around 100 left in the wild, they are endangered of going etinct by illegal collection and cattle grazing. For more information, click on the link below

  1. https://www.nczoo.org/wildlife/plants/arizona-agave
Image by Pixabay user Pixel-mixer

Asian Elephant

Vulnerable

The African Elephant is the largest animal walking the Earth, and they live in 37 countries in Africa. There are only 415,000 African Elephants left. African Elephants are very important because they make suitable habitats for many other species and up to 30 percent of tree species require them to help with germination. To learn more about African Elephants, click on the link below.

  1. https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/african-elephant
Image by Pixabay user Tinwe

Axolotl

Critically Endangered

Despite the Axolotl being a somewhat common pet, it is critically endangered in the wild. Invasive fish, pollution, and the urbanization of their environment, is all contributing to almost wiping it out in the wild. Because axolotls are amphibians, they are more vulnerable to pollution because they can breathe and absorb water through their skin, letting pollution in. Lake Xochimilco is the last place they live in the wild, despite being semi popular pets. To learn more about Axolotls, click on the Link below

1. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/saving-paradoxical-axolotl-180967734/
Image on Wikimedia Commons by Derek Keats

Baobab Tree

Endangered

Baobabs are large trees growing in arid enviorenments in Madagascar, Africa, and Australia. The baobabs serve many uses to people in their regions, but lots of the larger baobabs have been increasinly dying in the past years. People suspect that the killer is climate change, which is changing the weather patterns of the area. Also, they have no room to expand their range, and many of the birds that distributed their seeds have goon extinct For more information, click on the links below.

  1. https://animals.sandiegozoo.org/animals/baobab#:~:text=The%20baobab%20is%20not%20just,low%2Dlying%2C%20arid%20regions.
  2. https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction-countdown/climate-change-baobab-madagascar/
Image on Wikimedia Commons by Ryan Hagerty

Black Footed Ferret

Endangered

Black footed ferrets live in North America with only around 300 individuals left. Habitat loss and disease are threating the exitance of these ferrets. To find out more about them and how you can help, click on the link below.

  1. https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/black-footed-ferret
Image on Wikimedia Commons by aes256

Bluefin Tuna

Endangered

Bluefin Tuna are the largest species of Tuna and a sushi delicacy. Some Tunas have been knowen to sell for more then a million dollars. However, because of this, they are overfished and illegaly caught. These factors have caused the Bluefin tuna to become endangered, and the lack of knowledge about the fish has made it hard to help save the Tuna. These bluefin tuna are top predators and balance ecosystems. To learn more and how you can help, click on the link below.

  1. https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/bluefin-tuna

Blue Whale

Endangered

Blue whales live in Southern Chile, Gulf of America, and the Coral Triangle. They are the loudest and the biggest animals on Earth. There are only about 10,000 to 25,000 blue whales left in the world. They are harmed by large ships, which cause environmental change, habitat loss, and they also get stuck in fishing gear. To find out how to help, click on this link.

  1. https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/blue-whale
Image on Wikimedia Commons by Till.niermann

Bonobo

Endangered

Bonobos are primates native to the Congo Rainforest, with dwindling and fragmeted poulations. Scince the regions along their habitat are poor, people hunt the Bonobos for their meat and to sell for money. Also, deforestation for agricultural purposes destroy the Bonobos habitat. Also, because they don't reproduce that fast, all of these threaten the Bonobo with extiction. To learn more and donate, click on the link below.

  1. https://www.bonobo.org/bonobos/threats#:~:text=Bonobos%20are%20classified%20as%20endangered,by%20boat%20or%20bush%20plane.
Image by Ms. Sarita Jnawali of NTNC – Central Zoo

Chinese Pangolin

Critacally Endangered

The Chinese Pangolin is critically endangered because they are hunted for their meat, skin, and scales. As you may have guessed, these animals live in different parts of China and they are similar to anteaters and aardvarks. Although there are many species of the pangolin, the Chinese Pangolin is hunted because their meat is considered a delicacy and their skin and scales are used in traditional medicine, which is causing there steep decline. To learn more about these animals, click on the link below.

  1. Edge of Existence.org Chinese Pangolin
Image on Wikimedia Commons by Petr Hamerník

Chinese Giant Salamander

Critically Endangered

Cinese giant Salamanders are 6ft long ampibians that have been living scince the dinosaurs. However, there regin may soon end as they are labeled critically endangered with decresing populations. With only small amounts in the wild, most are in farms for their meat. Despite the m=farms, the salamanders are heavily poached and reintroducing some from farms spreads disease and hurts the wild genomes. Another major threat is hooks and fishing lines, which they get trapped in and swallow. For more information, click on the link below.

  1. Chinese Giant Salamander: San Deigo Zoo

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Image on Wikimedia Commons by Boris Khvostichenko

Dragon Tree

Vulnerable

Dragon Trees are vulnerable in the wild for many reasons. One of the reasons for their vulnerable statues is loss of habitat. The habitat loss is caused by ranching and farming for food. Another one is climate change, which removes water from their region, causing a lack of water for some of the trees. However, they are cultivated in captivity. To learn more, click on the link below.

  1. https://animals.sandiegozoo.org/plants/dragon-tree
Image on Wikimedia Commons by Biosthmors

Georgia Aster

Threatened

The georgia aster has been threatened due to reasons like habitat destruction, wildfires, and compition with woody plantes. Because the Georgia aster needs sun, it easily gets outshaded by woody plants. To learn more, click on the link below.

  1. https://gnps.org/plants/georgia-aster-symphyotrichum-georgianum/#:~:text=A%20sun%20loving%20plant%2C%20Georgia,habitat%20destruction%20and%20wildfire%20suppression.&text=Its%20legal%20status%20in%20Georgia,species%20within%20the%20foreseeable%20future.
Image by Pixabay user sarangib

Gharial

Critically Endangered

The Gahriel, native to India, is one of the most endangered corcadilians, with around 200 individuals left in the wild. Many diffrenet threats affecet this reptile, some are pollution, massive fishing operations, making dams, poaching, and illegal sand mining. To learn more and to donate, click on the link below.

  1. SAVING THE GHARIAL IN INDIA Prague Zoo
Image on Wikimedia Commons by Gregory "Slobirdr" Smith

Hector's Dolphin

Endangered

Hector's dolphin is a species of dolphin native to New Zealand. Fishing is the main threat, with many types of fishing and drift nets entangling and suffocating Hector's dolphins. Also, pollution, climate change, and habitat destruction also put this animal on endangered status. To learn more, click on the link below.

  1. Project Jonah Maui & Hector's Dolphins
Image on Wikimedia Commons by Citron

Helmeted Hornbill

Critically Endangered

The weird and unusual helmeted hornbill are now critically endangered from poaching and habitat loss. They are killed for their tail feathers and their solid casque which are made into jewelry and clothing decorations. The forests they live in suffer from deforestation for agricultural development, making them lose habitat. To learn more, click on the link below.

  1. https://owlcation.com/stem/The-Helmeted-Hornbill-A-Large-and-Bizarre-Bird-of-Asian-Forests#:~:text=It's%20a%20critically%20endangered%20species,extinct%20in%20the%20near%20future.&text=Helmeted%20hornbills%20(Rhinoplax%20vigil)%20live,evergreen%20forests%20of%20Southeast%20Asia.
Image on Wikimedia Commons by Dennis Otten

Indus River Dolphin

Endangered

The Indus River Dolphin, with a population less then 1,000, is on the brink of extinction. These animals suffer from many threats, like pollution, poaching, fishing, and habitat fragmentation. The dolphins get trapped in fishing nets and their habitat has been fragmented from irrigation systems. To learn more, click on the link below.

  1. http://savedolphins.eii.org/news/entry/endangered-indus-river-dolphin#:~:text=Farmers%20in%20the%20area%20use,reason%20for%20the%20population%20decline.

Ivory Billed Woodpecker

Critically Endangered

Despite the critically endangered status, the ivory billed wood pecker is most likely extinct. Because it was rare to begin with, habitat loss was easily able to destroy their populations. The last confirmed sighting was in 1944. To learn more, click on the link below.https://abcbirds.org/bird/ivory-billed-woodpecker/

Javan Rhinoceros

Critically Endangered

With less then 100 left, these critically endangered animals are on the verge of extinction for many reasons. The Javan rhino has been killed by humans for, trophy hunting, belief that their agricultural pests, and traditional medicine. They also suffer from lack of genetic diversity, habitat degradation and encroachment, and the arenga palm which takes over parts of their small habitat. To learn more, click on the link below.https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/javan-rhino

Leatherback Sea Turtle

Endangered

The unique leather back sea turtle is now endangered for plastic pollution, egg harvesting, habitat loss, and fishing. The turtles mistake plastic bag for their food, jellyfish, and eats them which can choke and starve them. They also get trapped in fishing nets and their eggs are eaten by people. They are susceptible to habitat loss by development on the beaches were they lay their eggs. To learn more, click on the link below.

  1. https://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/permanent/biodiversity/educator-resources/endangered-leatherback-sea-turtle
Image by Granitethighs

Lord Howe Island stick insect

Critically Endangered

Lord Howe Island stick insect was once thought to be extinct, but luckily it was rediscovered on a nearby island called Ball's Pyramid. They disappeared from their native island because of the introduction of black rats, which still make it impossible for the stick insect to be reintroduced to Lord Howe Island. Thankfully, a successful breeding program has thousands of eggs and individuals.

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Northern Right Whale

Endangered

Northern right whales, with less then 400 individuals left, are a rare species of whale close to extinction. Some of the threats hurting this animal are climate change, noise pollution, and entanglement. Climate change may disturb their food sources and noise pollution distributes many of their social habits. They can also get entangled in nets which can drown or starve them. To learn more, click on the link below.

  1. https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/north-atlantic-right-whale
Image by Wikimedia Commons user Frank Vassen

Northern Sportive Lemur

Critically Endangered

With less than 20 left in the wild, this primate is on the verge of extinction. This is because of over hunting for food and deforestation. They also get picked off by their predators. To learn more, click on the link below.

  1. https://sites.google.com/site/northernsportivelemurad2013/endangered-species

Orca

Endangered

Orcas, or killer whales, are in fact the largest species of dolphins and are top predators in their ecosystem. However, they are now endangered because of Food limitations, entanglement, oil spills, disturbance from vessel traffic and noise, and chemical contaminants. Because orcas are on the top of the food chain, they are vulnerable to containment which all the other animals ate. To learn more, click on the link below.

  1. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/species/killer-whale
Image by Wikimedia Commons Jun V Lao

Pelagic Thresher

Endangered

Thresher Sharks are known for their very long tails. They are often caught by sport fishers and, even when they are released quickly, die after capture. They are also sometimes caught by accident when fishers try to catch other species of fish. To learn more click the link below:

  1. https://oceana.org/marine-life/sharks-rays/pelagic-thresher-shark
Image by Wikimedia Commons user Rendra Regen Rais

Rafflesia Flower

Endangered

This large flower, sometimes called the corpse flower, has been declared endangered due to habitat loss and collecting. The main reasons their habitats are destroyed are from land clearing, and logging for wood. Rafflesia are also collected for medicine. To learn more, click on the link below.

  1. https://sites.google.com/site/endangermentandextinction/endangered-plant-species/species-1
Image by Pixaby user skeeze

Red Ruffed Lemur

Critically Endangered

Red Ruff lemurs are a type of primate native to Madagascar, but are now almost extinct. Illegal logging and hunting in their native habitat has reduced the population greatly, and they only have a few other reserve populations in other countries to survive off of. To learn more about these lemurs, click on the link below.

1. https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/red-ruffed-lemur#:~:text=These%20primates%20are%20listed%20as,events%20in%20Madagascar%20in%202009.
Image by Pixaby user Pexels

Red Panda

Endangered

Despite it's name, the red panda is not pandas, or even a bear for that matter. Red pandas are in a family of their own, which is more closely related to raccoons and skunks. The red panda's biggest threats are habitat loss and poaching. Logging and the grazing of livestock are the main ways that the red panda's natural habitat of temperate forest in high altitudes. For more information, click on the links below.

  1. www.worldwildlife.org/species/red-panda
  2. https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/redpanda#:~:text=Red%20pandas%20are%20endangered%20and,over%20the%20past%20two%20decades.
Image by Wikimedia Commons user Andrey Giljov

Saiga Antelope

Critically Endangered

These weird looking antelope face extinction for many reasons. one of the ways their population is decreasing is disease which kills off many of them. Also, they are hunted for their horns in traditional medicine. Luckily their reproduction rates will make so that they are no longer critically endangered, if they can get a chance. To learn more, click on the link below.


  1. https://restorespecies.org/the-saiga-antelope/

Image by pixabay user Capri23auto

Siberian Tiger

Endangered

Siberian tigers, or amur tigers, have a declining population. This decline is mostly due to habitat loss and poaching. The habitat loss is deforesation for wood and living space. Poachers kill these animals for their body parts which are used in traditional medicine and for their fur. For more information and to donate, click on the links below.

  1. https://animalfactguide.com/animal-facts/siberian-tiger/#:~:text=Siberian%20tigers%20are%20considered%20endangered,are%20used%20for%20traditional%20medicines.
  2. https://conservewildcats.org/resources/amur-tiger-facts/

Small Whorled Pogonia

Threatened

These rare orchids, with low populations are threatened from habitat loss. Due to human development, this flower has lost habitat and had increased predation by deer. They also have low rates of reproduction because of low seedling establishment. For more information, click on the link below.

  1. https://www.fws.gov/southeast/wildlife/plants/small-whorled-pogonia/

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Image on Wikimedia Commons by Ryan Hagerty

Texas Wild Rice

Endangered

Texas wild rice is an aquatic plant native to Texas. However, it is now endangered because of habitat destruction from pollutants and dams. To learn more, click on the link below.

  1. https://www.encyclopedia.com/environment/applied-and-social-sciences-magazines/wild-rice-texas
Image on Wikimedia Commons by Agencia Informativa Conacyt

Totoaba

Critcally endangered

The Totoaba is illegally caught in the Sea of Cortez/Gulf of California. The Black Market sells these creatures' swim bladders for high prices. The totoaba fish live in the same place as the vaquita which become by-catch. To learn more about the totoaba fish, follow the link below

  1. Chinese Taste For Fish Bladder Threatens Rare Porpoise In Mexico
Image by Wikimedia Commons user TeklaLilith

Tooth-Billed Pigeon

Critically endangered

The tooth-billed pigeon, or the little dodo, lives in Samoa with a population of less then 200. Invasive species like cats and rats kill the bird and it's young. Also, habitat loss due to deforestation has also contributed to the major decline of the tooth-billed pigeon. For more information, click on the link below.

  1. https://news.mongabay.com/2013/03/extinction-warning-racing-to-save-the-little-dodo-from-its-cousins-fate/

Vaquita

Critically Endangered

The Vaquita species are an endangered species of 20 or less. They only live in the Sea of Cortez/The Gulf of California. These creatures are bycatch of the much sought after totoaba fish. These creatures are crucial to their ecosystem. If you want to donate to their cause, or just learn more, please follow the link below.

  1. https://www.vaquitacpr.org/about-the-vaquita/
Image on Wikimedia Commons by RedGazelle15

Western Lowland Gorilla

Critically Endangered

Western Lowland Gorillas, native to the Congo basin, are critically endangered with around 100,000 left. The gorillas suffer from the Ebola virus, habitat loss, and poaching. Logging in the Congo destroys gorilla habitat and makes poaching easier. Gorillas are poached for their meat in the bush meat trade. Further, Coltan, a resource used in the creation of cellphones, is mined in the Gorillas' habitat often destroying their homes. For more information, click on the link below.

  1. https://nationalzoo.si.edu

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Image on Wikimedia Commons by The National Park Service

Western Prairie Fringed Orchid

Threatened

Western prairie fringed orchids relay on prairie wetlands to survive. These wetlands may also be endanger of being destroyed by climate change. Also, herbicides, pesticides, fire, and overgrazing, threatens this species. Since the populations of western prairie fringed orchids are fragmented, they have limited access to their pollinators. For more information, click on the link below.

  1. https://www.endangered.org/animal/western-prairie-fringed-orchid/