Top Ten Most Endangered Animals

Lilly Fontaine, Staff writer

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    Just by nature’s law alone, animals can go extinct and endangered. But even though nature can kill them off without the help of humans, humans have a far bigger part in causing extinction and endangerment. Humans have pushed so many loved animals into endangerment or even extinction. Here are the top ten most endangered:

    Number ten is the pangolin. Even though they are confused as being an armadillo, they are their own species altogether. They have the same type of shell as an armadillo, but the pangolin’s shell is worth $3,000 per pound on the black market. They have just barely survived being poached and losing their habitat.

    Number nine are rhinos. Rhinos are very commonly hunted for their horns, and even when conservationists have them injected with pink dye they are still hunted. There are only about 100 rhinos left in the wild. They are still being poached because ever since they were endangered their worth has gone up by 10% making them very commonly hunted.

    Number eight are tigers. Less than 500 tigers exist today in the wild, in comparison with a population estimation of up to 1,000 in 1978. They are hunted for their fur, which is worth $6,000 per pound. They have very little native land left for them because of deforestation.

    Number seven is the vaquita, of which there are less than 100 left in existence. They are like narwhals but have no horn, and were hunted for their unique skin. Anyone that tries to hunt them or kills one will be charged as a felon.

    Number six is the saola. The saola is now considered one of the most rarely seen animals in Asia. They are commonly known as mythical creatures, and the Asian unicorn. There are an estimated 60 left on the earth and will likely be extinct by 2021.

    Number five is the Sumatran Elephant. Just like all of these animals, they were hunted to endangerment. They have lost a total of 70% of their land to deforestation. There are around 1,000 left alive.

    Number four, the Sumatran Orangutan, has been classified as Critically Endangered With approximately 80% of the population lost in the past 75 years mainly as a result of mass deforestation just like the Sumatran Elephant.

     Number three is the sea turtle. They have been endangered and struggling to keep their population for 10 years. Sea turtles easily mistake plastic and trash in the ocean for jelly fish and other foods. They could face extinction by the year 2023.

    Number two is the Cross River Gorillas and Mountain Gorillas, which are both classified as Critically Endangered; that is two out of five gorilla subspecies. There are currently only 200-300 Cross River Gorillas left in the wild, and 900 Mountain Gorillas.

Number one is the amur leopard. They have been classified as Critically Endangered with less than 70 individuals thought to exist today. It is hunted and killed for its beautiful fur, its habitat is being destroyed for human settlement.