Endangered animals

 

Here are the top 10 most endangered animals according to the World Wildlife Organisation

1. Black Rhino

The Black Rhinoceros, also known as the Black Rhino, population has declined by 90% since 1970 to less than 3,000. Native to southern and east Africa, they are killed primarily for their horns even though trade of Rhinos has been banned for more than twenty years. Although the Rhino is referred to as black, it is actually more of a grey/brown/white color in appearance

Giant Panda2. Giant Panda

Giant Pandas could be facing extinction within a few years. It is estimated only 2000 to 3000 remain in their native habitat of central-western and south-western China. The main reason for their decline is due to loss of natural habitat and poaching.

Why is this species important?

Panda habitat is found at the top of the Yangtze Basin, an eco-region shared by both pandas and millions of people whose ancestors have utilised the region's natural resources for millennia. The Basin is the geographic and economic heart of China, and is one of the critical regions for conservation in the world. Its diverse habitats contain many rare, endangered animal and plant species, the best known being the giant panda. Economic benefits derived from the Yangtze Basin include tourism, subsistence fisheries and agriculture, transport, hydropower and water resources.

The survival of the panda and the protection of its habitat will ensure that people living in the region continue to reap ecosystem benefits for many generations.

tiger3. Tiger

These magnificent "big cats" are native to tropical zones in Southeast Asia and temperate regions like the Russian Far East. Less than 6,000 tigers remain in the wild. The threat to the species comes from poaching for body parts and bones used in traditional Asian medicines and land clearance destroying their natural habitat.

Why do tigers have stripes?

The tiger is a powerful symbol among the variety of cultures that live across its range. They command respect, awe or fear from their human neighbours. Even in places where tigers have become extinct or never existed in the wild, they live in myth and legend.

As top predators, they keep populations of wild ungulates in check, thereby maintaining the balance between prey herbivores and the vegetation upon which they feed. A whole variety of other life-forms are essential to support a healthy tiger population.

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