12 of the Most Endangered Animals

Many beautiful animals are in the list of endangered due to the carelessness of humans, poaching, hunting, deforestation, etc. Let us know about some of them.

Arakan Forest Turtle

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The Arakan Forest Turtle is one of the rarest species found only in the Arakan hills of Myanmar. They are extremely endangered due to their least number of tens.

Causes: It is believed that they have medicinal value hence used by people as food to cure their diseases.

Pernambuco Pygmy-Owl

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The Pernambuco Pygmy-owl is prevalent in Pernambuco in Brazil. Presently less than 50 birds are remaining hence it is treated as endangered.

Causes: Habitat loss

Dwarf Olive Ibis

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The Dwarf Olive Ibis is found in São Tomé and Príncipe islands. It is extremely endangered as their number is very low, only 50 birds are remaining.

Causes: Habitat loss and hunting


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The Vaquita is found in north Gulf of California. It is a rare species.  It has large black eye rings and lip patches. This animal is in the list of endangered species because only 300 of them are left.

Causes: Use of chlorinated pesticides, depression and reduced flow of freshwater

Bactrian Camel

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The Bactrian Camel is native to the steppes of north-east Asia. It is a large even-toed ungulate and has two lumps on its back. Though many domesticated camels are left, the wild camels are in the list of endangered species (there are only few hundred alive).

Causes: Domestication and decline of population

Bushman Hare

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The Bushman hare is found in few places of Karoo Desert of South Africa. It is a nocturnal species. The current population of these species is estimated to be less than 200.

Causes: Decline of population

Brazilian Merganser

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The Brazilian Merganser is found Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. It has long, sharp-edged beak that consists of many teeth-like edges. The present population of these waterfowls is estimated less than 250.

Causes: Habitat loss

Blue-Throated Macaw

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The Blue-throated Macaw is native to Bolivia particularly a small part of north-central area. It usually lives in savannas and islands of palm trees. The present population of these species is estimated between 250 and 300.

Causes:  These species are captured for pet trade and habitat loss due to cattle ranches.

Sumatran Rhinoceros

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The Sumatran Rhinoceros is the smallest rhinoceros found mainly in Sumatra. It has two horns which are highly valued in traditional Chinese medicine. At present only 300 rhinos are remaining.

Causes: Main cause for extinction is poaching for their horns by hunters. Habitat loss is another cause.


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The Hirola is found in dry and grassy plains of Kenya and Somalia. It is otherwise known as the four-eyed antelope as it has large preorbital glands (scent glands). It is a diurnal animal. It is estimated that there are only 500 to 1200 animals in the wild.

Causes: Severe drought and competition with cattle.

Pygmy Hippopotamus

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The Pygmy Hippopotamus is native to West Africa. Usually this lives in forests and swamps.  It is a nocturnal animal. It is estimated that the wild hippopotamus remaining are as fewer as 3,000.

Causes: Habitat loss, poaching, hunting and natural predators.

Giant Panda

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The Giant Panda is native to China. It lives in mountain ranges and lowland areas. It is estimated that 2,000 to 3,000 giant pandas are remaining in the wild at present.

Causes: Habitat loss and very low birthrate

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12 Responses to “12 of the Most Endangered Animals”
  1. papaleng Says...

    On May 17, 2009 at 7:11 am

    a very interesting article.

  2. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On May 17, 2009 at 7:45 am

    Valli, this article is important to raise the awareness. More and more animals are facing extinction due to climate change and human activities.

  3. Sheila Says...

    On May 17, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Interesting article…very sad to see these beautiful animals on the verge of extinction

  4. Jo Oliver Says...

    On May 17, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    thx for the info. I think some people go way overboard to stop extinction. I mean, there is a reason that the T-rex died. But, we should all let nature take it’s course, and not interfere to destroy or save.

  5. nobert soloria bermosa Says...

    On May 18, 2009 at 8:50 am

    i’m afraid they won’t be seen by future generation anymore

  6. Moses Ingram Says...

    On May 18, 2009 at 11:56 am

    I love the pictures and the article. It’s sad to think that some if not all of these may soon be gone forever.

  7. Lex92 Says...

    On May 18, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    how interesting!

  8. BC Doan Says...

    On May 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Glad you add more animals to the list of endangered species. I had two articles on this very same subject!!

    It’s so sad to think that they won’t be around much longer because of us..

  9. valli Says...

    On May 18, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Thanks everyone for the nice feedback.

  10. dawndunn Says...

    On May 19, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Very informative article. Interesting to see some animals that most people have never heard of. Fantastic pictures to go along with the article also.

  11. Animal luver Says...

    On May 27, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    most of the reasons for these animals endangerment is because of us humans cutting down their habitat or hunting their species or pollution we need to be more eco friendly and fast before these beautiful creatures disapear, besides why kill them what have they ever done to us

  12. Victoria Osborne Says...

    On June 2, 2009 at 4:10 am

    Very interesting article, this issue needs to be addressed more often :)

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