All of these animals are ranked in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Here is a little information about them that we thought you might find interesting and that will help you understand their situation better so you can help us do something about it:
When we think of Leopard we tend to think that they live if Africa or Asia but the truth is that the Amour Leopard is adapted to cool climate and it lives in the temperate forests of Far Eastern Russia, in harsh winters with extreme cold as well as hot summers.
For camouflage in the snow their coat is paler than other leopard subspecies.
The main threat that this animals are facing are poachers. They hunt them because of their fur that is sold later in the illegal market for up to 5000$.
There are around 60 individuals left in the wild.
According to the WWF, “Bornean orangutan populations have declined by more than 50% over the past 60 years, and the species' habitat has been reduced by at least 55% over the past 20 years”.
Unsustainable and illegal logging, mining and the transformations of forest into agricultural areas are some of the problems that Orangutans face. However there is another issue that in the last years has been increasing and this is the demand of this species in the pet trade (between 200-500 orangutans enter this market each year according to the WWF). This represents a huge danger to wild orangutans as they have a very low reproduction rate.
CROSS RIVER GORILLA
Cross River gorillas are the least well known of all the gorilla subspecies with only 200-300 individuals in the wild. It has been really hard for scientist to study these animals because of the territory they inhabit and because they are cautious of humans. They live in an area (Nigeria-Cameroon) that has been taken over by humans. They have been clearing from timber the forest and by doing so, destroying the Cross River Gorilla’s habitat. We must take into account that the loss “of even a few of these gorillas has a detrimental effect on such a small population”.
Hawksbills turtles are named for their narrow, pointed beak that resembles the beak of a bird. The patterns on their shells are also a distinctive characteristic that make them very valuable in markets.
They live in tropical waters and often among coral reefs. It is estimated that these animals have been on our planet for over 100 million years and they have played a crucial role in the maintenance of marine ecosystems and “the health of coral reeds and sea grass beds”.
It is very important to ensure a save and protected habitat for them by reducing turtle bycatch with more turtle-friendly fishing hook and nets.
Malayan tigers are found only on the Malay Peninsula and in the southern tip of Thailand there are only 250-340 individuals left in the wild.
“Poachers have infiltrated the forest of Malaysia." Malaysian wildlife is in high demand in Asian markets for use as folk medicine and as a sign of wealth.
As many other animals they are threatened by humans due to logging operations and the expansion of agricultural areas. These animals are often killed by angry people and they often end up on the black market “creating a link between human-tiger conflict and poaching".
“Spindle horns” in Vietnamese you may have not heard about it but this rare animal is also called the Asian unicorn because little is known about it since its discovery two decades ago.
A curious fact, according to the WWF is that none exist in captivity and that the scientists have only documented saola in the wild four times to date. The zoological community categorized its identification as one of the most spectacular of the 20th century.
Human imprint is sentencing Saola to live into smaller spaces and this my “reduce genetic diversity in the future”.
Elephants have been in the red list of endangered species for years now. Through history, they have been seen as hunting trophies due to their size and obviously because of their tusks. One ivory kilogram can cost up to 3000$ in the black market, something that complicate the fight against poaching.
But this is only one of the many problems that Elephants are facing. According to the WWF “over two-thirds of its natural forest has been razed in the past 25 years and nearly 70% of its habitat has been destroyed in one generation.
Only around 2.500 of this amazing creatures remain in the wild.
The Vaquita is the world’s most endangered cetacean and one of the most rare marine mammals. There are only 30 individuals left in the wild and only 60 years have pass since we discovered this specie. Most of them are caught and drowned in gillnets from illegal fishing operations.
The gillnets in where Vaquitas get entangled are meant for Totoabas. Fishermen are paid around 4.000$ for each pound of Totoaba swim bladder in the black market so you can see why this practice is so extended and why the Vaquita numbers have declined so drastically.
YANGTZE FINLESS PORPOISE
You probably have never heard about this funny species but they are cousins with dolphins and they have a level of intelligence comparable to a gorilla. They live in the Yangtze River, the longest river in Asia and they used to share their habitat with the Baiji dolphin that was declared extinct in 2006.
It is the first time in history that and entire species of dolphin has been wiped off because of human activity and the Yangtze Finless is about to share the same fate if we don’t do something about it. There are only between 1000-1800 individuals in the wild left.
Black rhinos are the smaller of the two African rhino species and in addition they have two horns instead of only one.
The population of Black Rhino decreased dramatically in the 20th century due to hunters that came from all over the world to win their heads and a trophy and hang them on their walls. Nowadays, what threatens these amazing animals is the poaching. Trappers cut off their horns in order to sell them as an ancient remedy to some illnesses. Although this species is considered critically endangered the numbers have araised from 2000 to 5000 specimens remaining in the wild.
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