top 10 most endangered species
North Atlantic Right Whale:Named by their human predators, North Atlantic right whales stick close to coasts and regularly skim the ocean’s surface for zooplankton.
Southern Bluefin Tuna:The IUCN, alongside Greenpeace and dozens of other conservation groups, lists the Southern Bluefin Tuna as Critically Endangered.
Vaquitas:main nemesis is the fishing industry. Specifically, the 4- to 5-foot-long swimmers drown after becoming entangled in gillnets used for illegal totoaba fishing.
Kakapo:A large, ground-dwelling, nocturnal, flightless parrot, kakapos are native to New Zealand and rank among the world’s most endangered birds.
Javan Rhinos:are one of the most endangered species currently clinging to their patch of the planet. According to recent counts, only 67 are left.
Mountain Gorillas:Though the mountain gorilla’s situation is improving slightly, they still qualify as one of the most endangered animals in the world. Poaching is up, as is illegal charcoal making.
Amur Leopard:These cold-weather cats live exclusively in the Primorye region of Russia and China. Scientists caution that Amur leopards now only occupy two percent of their historical territory.
Saola:are one of the most endangered animals on the planet — and the most elusive! Affectionately dubbed “Asian unicorns,” saolas — pronounced saw-las — evaded human detection till 1992!
Sumatran Elephants:In 2011, Sumatran elephants landed under the Critically Endangered category on the IUCN’s Red List. Humans are overtaking their territories.
Sea Turtles:Hawksbill and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are Critically Endangered. Their numbers have declined by about 80 percent over three generations.