The list of endangered animals is vast and staggering. Listed below are eleven animals with an estimated total number left on Earth. All animals deserve some sort of conservation efforts, but these animals need a more aggressive method, before they are gone like so many animals of the past. Take a good look at the animals below, because, they could go completely extinct tomorrow.
11. Vaquita, Approximate number remaining = 100
Vaquita, are closely related to dolphins, however, they are much smaller; generally measuring up to 5 feet and 120 lbs. Their lifespan can be up to 20 years. They live specifically in the Upper Gulf of California. The main cause for this animals decline is incidental deaths involving fishing gear, climate change and habitat changes due to their confined area.
10. Saola, Approximate number remaining = 100
The actualy number of Saola is hard to tell due to their habitat. They like to live in varied areas across Vietnam and Laos, in wet, evergreen and deciduous forests. The main cause for their declining population is habitat loss and habitat fragmentation due to human proximity and expansion.
9. Arakan Forest Turtle, Approximate number remaining = 100
This animal was believed to be extinct for almost 100 years, until, in 1994 a few species were rediscovered. The concentration of this turtle is in the Arakan Hills area, a very small area in Western Myanmar. The decline in their population is believed to be due to predators hunting them.
8. Greater Bamboo Lemur, Approximate number remaining = 100
The Greater Bamboo Lemur is a large Primate that is restricted to the island nation of Madagascar. The decline of their population is due to: slash and burn farming techniques, mining, bamboo and other logging and slingshot hunting.
7. Spix’s Macaw, Approximate number remaining = 93
The Spix’s Macaw is a small macaw located in Brazil. There has been serious conservation efforts to save the rapidly disappearing population, which at one point was around 19. All remaining species are in captivity, in an attempt to breed the species.
6. Siamese Crocodile, Approximate number remaining = 70
The Siamese Crocodile is a small, freshwater crocodile that lives in the Southeastern Asian region. There have been conservation efforts made because the original population is so threatened due to human interaction and habitat degradation. There are no remaining populations in the wild.
5. Brown Spider Monkey, Approximate number remaining = 60
The Brown Spider Monkey are located in scattered, smaller regions in Columbia and Venezuela. The primary reasons for the population decline is being hunted by larger predators, logging, agricultural clearing and game hunting.
4. Javan Rhino, Approximate number remaining = 60
The Javan Rhino has been threatened for many years and currently only lives in a small region in Western Borneo. The population has been in decline over the last century, mainly due to the illegal poaching trade for horns.
3. Amur Leopard, Approximate number remaining = 40
There have been several conservation efforts put forth to protect the remain wild population of Amur Leopards. They are mainly poached for their beautiful coats. With this severe drop in population there have been several other threats on this animal, such as: inbreeding, development projects and severe forest degradation.
2. Baiji, Approximate number remaining = 20
The Baiji are a breed of dolphin that only live in one of the most populated rivers on the planet, the Yangtze. Commercial fishing, boating traffic, development, pollution and damming projects are several reasons for this rare animals rapid decline. Many scientist believe the Baiji to already be extinct.
1. Northern White Rhino, Approximate number remaining = 3
The Northern White Rhino’s are arguably the most threatened animal left on Earth. With the death of one of the last remaining four earlier in 2015, the remaining population is under constant armed supervision, to prevent poaching. There have been several attempts at insemination, but so far they have proven to be unsuccessful.