Skip to main content - The Animal Encyclopedia for Kids

Critically Endangered Animals


This is just a selection of species that are at risk of extinction. Unfortunately, there are so many of them that there isn't enough space here to name them all. The figures are as up-to-date as possible. Animals are'nt counted every year so that they are not exposed to unnecessary stress. Estimates often have to sufficient. The numbers in the table below are the most recent that could be found as of November 2023. They are from WWF and IUCN from 2006 to 2023.

NameHabitatNumber of animals
Amur Leopard China, Korea Over 121
Mountain Gorilla Eastern Africa About 1,000
Cross River Gorilla Nigeria, Cameroon (Africa) 100-250
Hawksbill Sea Turtle Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Ocean Unknown
Yangtze Finless Porpoise China 500-1,800
Javan Rhinoceros Java (Indonesia) 18
Angonoka Tortoise Madagascar About 400
Saola Laos, Vietnam 25-750
South China Tiger China Unknown
Sumatran Elephant Sumatra (Indonesia) 2,400-2,800
Sumatran Rhinoceros Sumatra (Indonesia) 30
Sumatran Orangutan Sumatra (Indonesia) About 13,800
Sumatran Tiger Sumatra (Indonesia) 371
Black Rhinoceros Africa About 3,100

If you are more into watching a video than reading, we do have a short video about endangered animal species:


Pupils are welcome to use this information at school for animal profiles, fact sheets, essays, work sheets, presentations, posters or homework. All information appearing on this site has been precisely and thoroughly researched, nevertheless should you notice any errors, please do notify us via email.

See all topics on