Endangered Species - Top 10 Endangered Animals
Here you can learn about top 10 endangered animals from around the world. Currently, 1,556 known species in the world have been identified as endangered, or near extinction, and are under protection by government law. Numbers of Endangered Animals remaining are estimated in the list below.
What are Endangered Animals?
An endangered species is a population of organisms which is at risk of becoming extinct because it is either few in numbers, or threatened by changing environmental or predation parameters. Many nations have laws offering protection to conservation reliant species: for example, forbidding hunting, restricting land development or creating preserves. Only a few of the many species at risk of extinction actually make it to the lists and obtain legal protection. Many more species become extinct, or potentially will become extinct, without gaining public notice.
Being listed as an endangered species can have negative effect since it could make a species more desirable for collectors and poachers. This effect is potentially reducible, such as in China where commercially farmed turtles may be reducing some of the pressure to poach endangered species.
- Black Rhino: less than 60 left in the wild rhino: less than 60 left in the wild >
- Mountain Gorilla: 720 in the wild gorilla: 720 in the wild >
- South China Tiger: No recent sightings in the wild china tiger: no recent sightings in the wild >
- Sumatran Orangutan: 3700 remaining orangutan: 3700 remaining >
- Giant Panda: 3,000 to 5,000 remaining panda: 3,000 to 5,000 remaining >
- Blue whale: 3,000 to 5,000 remaining whale: 3,000 to 5,000 remaining >
- Loggerhead Sea Turtle: 60,000 remaining sea turtle: 60,000 remaining >
- The Bonobo: 5,000 to 60,000 remaining bonobo: 5,000 to 60,000 remaining >
- Polar Bear: 20,000 to 25,000 remaining bear: 20,000 to 25,000 remaining >
- African Elephant: 10,000 remaining elephant: 10,000 remaining >