There are many plants and animals today that are becoming endangered and their population is decreasing rapidly. Here is the top 10 endangered species in the world and the reason why they are rapidly disappearing.

  1. The Black Rhino : Located in the Eastern and Southern parts of Africa. The population of the black rhino has decreased up to 85% since the 1970's. They have been killed for their horns, as there is a big market for rhino horns in many countries. There has been a ban put in place to prevent this from happening, although poachers still find a way to kill the black rhino race.

  2. The Giant Panda : Located in China, it is said that there is only around 1000 giant panda's left in the world. Poaching and loss of their natural settings is the reason why they are becoming an endangered species. There are many charity organisations such as WWF, who are trying to stop the giant panda from being extinct.

  3. The Tiger : Typically located in South East Asia, the tiger is slowly disappearing in large numbers. It is due to poachers, as many parts of the tiger are used in Chinese medicine. The skin of the tiger is also the reason why they are killed.

  4. Mako Shark : The mako shark is decreasing rapidly due to being killed for its meat and also fins. This species of shark is one of the fastest and can reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour.

  5. Green Cheeked Parrot : Most commonly found in Mexico, this species of bird is starting to become extinct due to the demand in many countries such as the Unites States Of America. They can also mimic human voices which is why they have been quite popular.

  6. Alligator Snapping Turtle : They are one of the largest fresh water turtles in the world and have become endangered due to their rich flavoured meat. You can find trappers from all over the world killing this species of turtle and shipping them to Asia. They also have a strange appearance with a beak like mouth and a spiked shell.

  7. Beluga Sturgeon : One of the biggest fresh water fish in the ocean and are reducing in large numbers due to their caviar. Poachers are killing this species of sturgeon in large numbers and selling them all over the world.

  8. Goldenseal : This herb is very high in demand due to it's healing properties. Goldenseal is also very effective in treating many ailments such as the common cold and flu, as well as allergies.

  9. Big Leaf Mahoganey : This type of timber is in high demand all over the world especially in the Unites States. This type of tree is commonly located in the Amazon as well as Mexico.

  10. Hawkesbill Turtle : Located in the tropical reefs, the Hawkesbill turtle is one of the most endangered species in the world. They have a beautiful shell and are killed for their eggs, meat and also the shell.

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As you can see there are many endangered species in the world, and we need to do whatever we can to prevent poachers from killing our beautiful animals. By supporting charity organisations that prevent poachers all over the world from killing these species of animals, we may be able to get them off the endangered species list.