Wednesday, June 17, 2015


WHITE RINO  In 1960, there were more than 2,000.  Now only 5 today, 1 male.    SUMATRAN TIGER  Less than 400 in the patches of forest on Sumatra Island.  Rampant deforestation and poaching have made their future look bleak.    VAQUITA  Rarest marine mammals.  They are often caught and drowned in grillets used for illegal fishing operations in Mexico's Gulf of California.  Less than 100 left.    WESTERN LOWLAND GORILLA  In the Congo Basin.  Their numbers have decreased by 60% in the last 20-25 years due to poaching and disease.    AMUR LEOPARD  In the Russian Far East  Habitation degradation due to rampant human activities threatening their existence.  60 members of the family survive.    JAVAN RHINO  Habitat loss and poaching reduced their numbers over the years. Around 35 are left.    SUMATRAN ELEPHANT  They contribute to a healthy forest ecosystem.  Civil conflicts, hunting and poaching for tusks have reduced their population to about 2,400 to 2,800.    SAOLA  Discovered in Vietnam in 1992, one of the most spectacular zoological discoveries of the 20th century.  Hunting, poaching, habitat fragmentation and snares threaten their existence.    HAWKSBILL TURTLE  Found throughout the world's tropical oceans.  They help maintain the health of coral reefs and seagrass beds.  They are extensively poached for their colored and patterned shells, sold in the market at high prices tortoise shells.    SOUTH CHINA TIGER  They were hunted in thousands before a ban by the Chinese government in 1979.  A group of 30 to 80 were last sighted in 1996 prompting scientists to consider the animal as 'functionally extinct'.

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