Among the top 10 most endangered species on earth there are also 3079 species of animals and 2655 plant species which are endangered? These species are considered endangered as the conditions in which they live have been threatened and many time humans are responsible for this status. The World Wildlife Fund has published in 2010 a list of these endangered species. The term endangered is used by conservation biologists when they feel that general awareness needs to be created in order to prevent the species from becoming extinct.
We all are in awe of the strength and beauty of a tiger. But you would be shocked when you hear that only 3000 tigers are present globally. The tiger population is continuously poached and their skin and other parts of their body are sold in markets at a huge profit margin. Tigers found in Java and Bali have now become extinct and efforts are being made to preserve the existing tigers in a major way.
The climatic changes in the Arctic region have affected the polar bear’s existence. The warming temperatures in the Arctic have made the life of a polar bear difficult. Also with the melting of glaciers the habitat of these bears is in danger.
The Pacific walrus is found in the Bering and Chukchi’s sea. Many pacific walrus has died as temperatures have risen in their local habitat area and the ice used for floating is melting very fast.
As the ocean currents are becoming warm, fish which is a natural food for the Magellanic penguins is not found easily. Therefore, they have to swim further to find their daily food and sometimes get killed by poachers in this regard.
This turtle has survived for millions of years, but is now fighting extinction. These turtles are caught by fisherman when fishing nets are spread for fishing. Their percentage has declined in the Pacific Ocean considerably in the last few years.
Blue Fin Tuna
This tuna species is found in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. This fish is killed in large amount as it is a popular fish meat for sushi. Many countries have tried to evoke a ban on their fishing and WWF has encouraged people to stop selling these fishes in many hotels.
There are around 720 mountain gorillas globally. Around 200 of them live in Congo in the Virunga National Park. Poaching and local war have contributed in a big way to make these beautiful animals extinct. Large scale efforts are being undertaken to preserve this species of gorillas in Uganda and other areas.
Thousands of monarch butterflies die when they migrate from North America to Mexico in the winter climates. WWF is encouraging people to build nurseries to save these beautiful butterflies.
This species of rhinoceros is considered to be very important in Asian medicine and less than 60 of them exist today.
There are over 1500 beautiful pandas available today. Their natural habitats are being encroached by the growing human population and they are cutest looking species among top 10 most endangered species on earth.