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Top 5 Animals Facing Worldwide Extinction (and What Can You Do to Help Them?)

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 10 20

There are many reasons why animal populations start to dwindle. Commercialization may destroy their habitat or the animal may be hunted for its meat or fur. Changes in the global climate can also cause animals to become extinct. As of 2008 over 1,100 mammal species were in danger, a figure that represents more than 25% of the global mammal population. Take a look at the top 5 animals facing worldwide extinction below and see what you can do to help them.

#5 - Giant Panda

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Only around 2,000 giant pandas exist in the wild, with no more than 300 more in captivity. Deforestation in China has destroyed the panda’s habitat and depleted its food supply. Pandas are also subject to poaching. Native to western China, this adorable endangered animal has become a national emblem for its homeland.
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#4 - Tigers

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Eight subspecies of tigers were on Earth in the early 1900s with a population of more than 100,000. Today, the tiger population is made up of just 5 subspecies and fewer than 5,000 exist. As one of the top 5 animals facing worldwide extinction, the remaining tigers are scattered across the globe in small populations within wildlife reserves.
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#3 - Black Rhino

Black Rhinoceros
Poaching is the main reason this animal is facing worldwide extinction. Valued for their horns, poachers will cut them off and then leave the rhino to bleed to death.  Just over 4,000 black rhinos exist, with 90% of that population in South Africa where poaching is a major problem. In 1960, more than 70,000 black rhinos were scattered throughout the world.
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#2 - Iberian Lynx

Iberian Lynx

The top animal facing extinction in Europe, the Iberian lynx is the most endangered cat species in the world. The wild population of this animal has fallen to less than 150 with just a small number in captivity. The Iberian lynx is found primarily in Spain. Its extinction is due to the decline in the rabbit population, its primary food source.

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#1 - Vancouver Island Marmot

Marmot
Habitat destruction is the reason the Vancouver Island marmot is the top mammal facing extinction in North America. This endangered species is a large rodent that is found primarily in the mountains of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. In 2003, only 21 marmots were found in the wild. Breeding programs are helping that number to steadily increase.

What Can You Do to Help Them?

There are many ways to help the animal populations that are facing worldwide extinction. Some people choose to help by doing their best to raise awareness in their communities or online.  Others donate their time or money to organizations like Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund. Not buying products made from endangered animals is another way you can help.

These top 5 animals facing worldwide extinction, along with many other endangered species, need your help or some of them may cease to exist within your lifetime. A greener lifestyle can also help. Recycling and minimizing your impact on the environment can help reduce the destruction of many endangered animal’s habitats.

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Comments

Oct 8, 2011 11:13am
dadbintheadmin
I had no idea tigers were in danger of becoming extinct! Makes me wonder how many others are aware of this.
Oct 9, 2011 6:36pm
LLWoodard
It would be sad if any of these animals became extinct. Thanks for the information.
Nov 29, 2011 4:51am
TerrieTez
Nice article for raising awareness, superbly illustrated.
Nov 29, 2011 4:51am
TerrieTez
Nice article for raising awareness, superbly illustrated.
Nov 29, 2011 7:05pm
irobinson1984
Thanks for the article. I'm starting to work as a fundraiser for the WWF next week. Your information will help me to be more persuasive!
1900- 8 subspecies and over 100,000 tigers
Today- 5 subspecies and less that 5,000 tigers

Yikes! Are we going to see tremendous extinction over the next 50 years or what?
Nov 30, 2011 3:40pm
footloose
Beautiful photos and important feature. I dig WWF and Defenders of Wildlife. Thanks for this timely piece.
Dec 4, 2011 9:10am
danmont
I can't understand how in this time and age there are animals in extinction when there are so many things we can do to help. We should try a bit harder to protect this important species.
Dec 7, 2011 12:17am
AuroraWindsor
It is really sad. These are the animals that you learn to love as children.
Dec 29, 2011 5:29pm
Goldenpig
Great article with high impact. It's very sad that we are destroying so many species. We arn't the only ones on this planet we just think we are.
Jan 29, 2012 7:02pm
anointedtoday
Very good. I have been trying going green.
Jan 30, 2012 7:10pm
Patty_Inglish_MS
I did not know at all about the Vancouver Island Marmot's extinction possibility, although I saw none myself on my last visit. Is there a BC agency that counts them anually? Thanks.
Feb 10, 2012 6:01am
orphinsit
I think you post a good issue every one has forgot this but we should care our nature.....
Mar 2, 2012 7:48pm
WebAddict
This is a great cause. I'm sure everyone can share something in a way.
Mar 3, 2012 10:50am
ShogunWriter
I am a big supporter of assisting endangered wildlife species. I am currently working with a local artist here in Colorado who makes bronze sculptures of various wildlife species. It is a great cause and community of people. Thanks for sharing.
Mar 27, 2012 9:04am
zingwang
I really like the lion .He is strong...
Apr 8, 2012 4:56pm
aksem62
We should try to protect all this wonderful animals from extinction
Oct 7, 2012 7:27pm
alexiafeatherchild
So many animals facing extinction. Although my thoughts have been more toward the Ethiopian wolf and the Red Panda. There's just too many and development teams looking to the 'future' and 'expansion' keep taking away their habitat.
Dec 24, 2012 1:13pm
samr421
Love this article! Can't forget about the wild orca (killer whales)! I am a huge activist for these animals. There are only 80 left in Puget Sound near San Juan Islands and they took them off the extinction list!
Feb 3, 2013 6:41am
eileen
Great article and pictures it is such a shame that our children will not see a lot of our beautiful animals anymore.
May 24, 2013 1:11am
Raintree
Great article to raise awareness of this issue. Beautiful photographs. It would be such a shame if we lose these gorgeous animals in our world.
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