There are millions of animal species in the planet earth. There were even more, millions of years ago, dinosaurs roamed around the earth, but climatic and other geographical changes caused their extinction. The trend has not stopped yet. Still there are more animal extinctions about to take place. Here are the 20 most endangered species on Earth.
- Polar bear
The warming of Arctic region is primarily the cause of threat to the habitat of Polar Bears. If the pace of the climatic change in the article region continues, there is a possibility that Polar Bears will eventually die out and the extinction will rather begin soon.
- Magellanic penguin
The feeding place of these species of penguins is undergoing a transformation due to the change in ocean currents. The ocean currents are now warmer than before, forcing fish to move away, which is also making penguins move to other faraway places. It is resulting in many penguins being washed away by the waves.
- Bluefin Tuna
Do you eat Sushi? The best Sushi food is made out of Bluefin Tuna. It is found in the Mediterranean, and also at the Atlantic. This species is killed for food, which is why it is on the verge of extinction.
- Mountain Gorilla
With just over estimated 700 on the planet, scientists assume that this species may well be moving to the path of extinction. War in the Congo region in Africa, the resting place of these Mountain Gorillas has led to a major decrease in the numbers.
- Javan Rhinoceros
This breed of Rhinoceros stay in Vietnam, and scientists say that they are no more than 12 in numbers. The conversion of forest to farmland has forced this species to stand at the brink of extinction.
- Giant Panda
Giant pandas live in China, and somehow, these Pandas are now spread in at least 20 different regions across the country. The developing China has no room for this animal in many areas. Local population increased dependency in the forest region has led to the decline in the population of Giant Pandas.
The Sahara region has the presence of Addax. It is also known as White Antelope. The slowness of Addax has been the real cause of its declining number, as it is an easy prey for stronger animals.
- Island Fox
These foxes are indeed beautiful. They are colourful. They live in California and are only around 700 in total. These foxes also have sub species. Their name is derived from the fact that these foxes live in the islands of California.
- Bactrian Camel
Bactrian Camels have two humps. It is estimated that there are only around 800 present on Earth. These Camels live in Mongolia and China, but are also seen in the Indian subcontinent and Russia.
- Philippine Eagle
This species of Eagle is the national bird of Philippines. They are also called Monkey eating Eagles, due to its love for preying on Monkeys. Deforestation in the country has led to a huge decline in their population. Their population is said to be near 500.
- California Condor
As the name suggests, it is found in California, but can also be seen in Arizona and Utah areas. This species is popular for namely two reasons. The first is their wingspan, which is 3 meters long. Secondly, the bird lives for more than 60 years. The population has declined considerably over the last few years, with numbers closed to around 400.
- Amur Leopard
The reason why this breed of leopard is in decline is poaching. Amur Leopard is found in Russia, and Russians poach Amur for its skin.
- Sumatran Rhinoceros
Sumatran Rhinoceros is the smallest of all the Rhinoceros breeds. They are rare, and are said to be only around 250 in numbers.
- Brazilian Merganser
They are only seen in Brazil, however, some of these have also been found in Argentina. They resemble Pigeons or even ducks. Brazilian Merganser is only numbered around 250. Their decline is possibly due to two main reasons, farming and mining.
Kakapo is a kind of Parrot. It has a yellowish green colour. This bird cannot fly, and perhaps, it is the only parrot that cannot fly. All the other breeds of parrot can fly. It is seen in New Zealand. This creature is lovely because it has a unique color and has a freakish beak. There is a whisker present right below the beak, and that makes it unique. There is not even 150 Kakapo’s present in the wild.
- Hawaiian Crow
As the name suggests, this crow is only found in Hawaii, but is considered a highly endangered species. The local Hawaiian people call it as “Aumaka’. There are now just a little over 100 Hawaiian crows present in the region.
- Arakan forest Turtle
The name of this turtle is derived from the Arakan hills. Arakan hills are located in Myanmar. This turtle is found in the Arakan hilly region. Arakan Forest Turtle is quite rare. It was assumed that Arakan Forest Turtle were wiped out in the early part of the 20th century, but again the researchers found the turtle in 1994. There are not even 100 present in the planet at this point of time.
It is a fish, and highly endangered. Axoloti is also known as white monster due to its proximity to white colour. This fish salamander is unique due to its ability to regenerate. It is highly wanted by the researchers.
- Pacific Walrus
The melting of Arctic ice has been the cause of many animal extinction. Pacific Walrus has been suffering from the melt down. Since Walrus needs floating ice to give birth and nest calves, lack of such opportunities are leading this Walrus to the path of extinction.
- Siamese Crocodile
They are now only 70 present in South East Asia. They have declined in numbers due to unclean water. People grab forest land and turn it into farmland. The use of pesticides in these lands results in unclean water, and that’s how they are dying out.