10) The Polar Bear, these majestic creatures have become one of the most iconic symbols of the climate change movement. Retreating sea ice caused by global warming has greatly impacted the Bears range, hunting grounds and ability to find a mate. In addition hungry Bears are venturing closer to towns and city’s to scavenge for food, resulting in an increase of the number Polar Bears being killed by Humans. Estimates suggest there are less than 25,000 polar Bears left in the wild with the population facing rapid decline over the next decade. You can help save Polar Bears here.
9) African Lion, The apex predator of the African Savannah, African Lions have been ruthlessly hunted over the past 70 years for no reason other than sport. The devastating impact of this on number of Lions in the wild can be clearly seen having halved since 1950 and now below 21,000. In recent years the emergence of canned hunting has even see lions raised in game parks specifically to be hunted. This cowardly evil practice is something we passionately feel needs to be stopped at all costs. If you want to help protect the African Lion you can do so here.
8) Cheetah’s, the fastest land animal on the planet Cheetahs can reach speeds of up to 120 Km/h at full sprint. The stunning, intelligent and agile hunters are sadly suffering the same fate as many of Africa’s wild species, Trophy hunting and habitat loss have had a devastating impact on the number of cheetahs in the wild with numbers now estimated to have fallen below 12,000, unless more is done to end the cruel practices of Trophy and Canned Hunting we will loose even more of these amazing creatures. To help Cheetah conservation click here.
7) The Pygmy Hippo, These fascinating animals is the forest dwelling cousins of the Hippopotamus. They live in dense jungle forests along the Congo River. Deforestation leading to habitat loss and isolation has been the major factor in the declining numbers of Pygmy Hippo’s in the wild. Though revered and having a special place in the folklore of some of the native tribes in the Congo, the Hippos have also face the threat of being poached for bush meat. These elusive nocturnal creatures are now endangered with their numbers estimated to less than 3,000 in the wild. If you want to learn more about or help protect Pygmy Hippos click here.
6) Leather Back Turtles , The largest living reptiles on the planet and one of the longest living creatures having existed for well over 100 million years, leather back turtles also have exceptional long lifespans with many living well over 100 years in the wild. However despite the past success of this species their numbers are now in major decline. Many Leather Back Turtles have been the accident victims of deep seas trawling getting caught in fishing nets etc… In addition the Turtles have also suffered an unusual but devastating impact from global warming and rising ocean temperatures, with the warmer waters resulting in far more male Turtles hatching then females. This has lead to a significant impact on the Lather Back Turtles ability to breed successfully, resulting in the number being recorded as now lower than 2,500 in the wild. To help Leather Back Turtle Conservation click here.
5) The Giant Panda, A global animal conservation icon the giant Panda has been the symbol of the World Wildlife Federation since its inception in 1961. These lovable, mountain forest dwelling bears have captured the hearts and minds of animal lovers and conservationists the world over. The WWF and many other worth organisations have for decades worked on preserving and increasing the numbers of Giant Pandas in the wild and while in recent years the Chinese government have improved their cooperation there is still much work to be done. Deforestation and habitat loss has led to population isolation and continues to damage efforts to boost the Pandas wild population. Breeding in captivity has proved more successful but is far from an ideal solution to ensuring the survival of the species. Less than 1’600 Giant Pandas are believed to remain in the wild and while this represents a slight increase the Giant Panda remains critically endangered. If you want to find out how you can help Giant Panda Conservation click here.
4) Mountain Gorilla, One of our closest living relatives Mountain Gorillas are facing increasing population decline as a result of poaching and deforestation. There are now only found in small pockets of mountainous regions of the Congo. Hunted for the illegal bush meat trade they are under constant threat from poachers. As building increase in Africa as well as the prevalence of major international logging company’s the Gorillas forest home is also being destroyed leading to further loss as well as isolation of population which is having an increasing impact on breading. There are now believed to be fewer than 720 Mountain Gorillas left in the wild, if you want to help protect Gorillas click here.
3) Rothschild’s Giraffe, One of the most elegant and graceful animal on the plant Rothschild’s Giraffes are now sadly critically endangered with as few as 670 left in the wild. Like many of Africa’s wonderful wildlife species Giraffes have been the targets of trophy hunters for decades. Over the past 10 years a combination of hunting, habitat loss and population isolation has lead to an over 30% decrease in the number of wild Rothschild Giraffes. There are many fantastic organisations working to protect and preserve theses stunning creatures, to find out how you can lend them your support click here.
2) Javan Rhino , One of the most critically endangered species on the planet and the most endangered of the 5 Rhino species, the Javan Rhino faces almost certain immediate extinction in the wild with in number now below an estimated 60 animals. Until the late 19th / early 20th century These Asian Rhinos, found now only in the forests java, had populations spread throughout India and stretching through most of South East Asia. Excessive hunting for sport and ivory has plagued all species of Rhino for over 100 years and the Javan Rhino is no exception , coupled with this the widespread destruction of its forest habitat has left the Rhino even more vulnerable , making food scarce and leaving populations exposed and isolated , leading to more successful hunts and difficulty mating. May agencies are working tirelessly to try and save the last remaining Javan Rhino, but time is running out, if you would like to help try and save these stunning creatures click here.
1) The South China Tiger, We end our list with an animal that tragically has already been lost in the wild. Once prevalent through out many of the provinces of southern China , the South China Tiger now exists only in small number in captivity. Like all tigers the south China Tiger suffered from excessive poaching by poachers and trophy hunters , their fur bones and blood are all coveted by trophy hunter and ignorant local populations who wrongly believe the bones and blood of Tigers have medicinal purposes. Though time appears to have run out for the South China Tiger , you can still help , click here to find out more.