This article contains a rather sad list of animals that are classified as “critically endangered”. Critically endangered species are species that only have a few animals still living in the wild. The international conservation union IUCN collects them all on the „red list“ of critically endangered animals. Animals are logged from “least concern” and “vulnerable” to “critically endangered” and “extinct in the wild”.
Why are animals at risk of extinction?
In many cases, the animals have lost their natural habitats. In other cases, it’s hunting, poaching and the illegal trade of young animals. If there are only a few animals left of a certain species, there is almost no chance of the species surviving. Even if the few animals breed, there wouldn’t be enough animals to build a healthy gene pool. This would lead to genetic disorders.
Let’s check out infos and photos of 14 critically endangered animals!
Use these links to jump direclty the individual info/animals:
- Amur Leopard
- Mountain Gorilla
- Hawksbill Sea Turtle
- Black Rhinoceros
- South China Tiger
- Sumatran Orangutan
- Yangtze Finless Porpoise
- Javan Rhinoceros
- Sumatran Tiger
- Cross River Gorilla
- Sumatran Rhinoceros
- Sumatran Elephant
- Angonoka Tortoise
- List of endangered animals with number of remaining animals
If you are more into watching a video than reading, we do have a short video about endangered animal species:
- Watch now on animalfunfacts.net:
- Video: Endangered Animal Species - like the black rhino