It’s 2019, still without any improvement on the endangered species situation. In fact, the list continues to grow longer every now and then. I’m afraid to say that someday in the future, our kids won’t even be able to see a wild tiger in real life.
Instead, these species will only be known in books and memories from this day forward.
Especially with global warming destroying the arctic terrain, most creatures home to these cold habitats can no longer survive for any much longer.
Not only will the extinction of many animals affect their own kind, but other species as well.
Creating a domino effect on the food chain of other animals as many endangered species now are considered keystone species. Such as the orangutans or Bengal tigers.
What’s worse is that the cause of most of these creatures is the fault of humans. Whether it’s climate change or habitat destruction, humanity is the cause for all the problems on Earth right now.
Critically Endangered (as of 2019)
According to the WorldWildLife organization, these sixteen species were listed under the “critically endangered” species as of 2019. Go Check out their website for more info: https://www.worldwildlife.org/
Vaquita (12 pop.)
Currently, with about 12 more vaquitas of it’s kind, you can see why this species is literally critically endangered. We should get together to help protect these vaquitas before they become extinct too. I believe if we truly try hard enough to conserve our trash, we can help these creatures even in the slightest way until they can reproduce enough to not be considered endangered species.
South China Tiger (20 pop.)
Along with many other tiger species around the world, the South China Tigers are currently the most endangered at the moment.
Amur Leopard (60 pop.)
These Amur Leopards are the most endangered leopard species worldwide. If only humans would stop destroying animal’s habitats for selfish reasons, maybe they would have a chance to survive.
Javan Rhino (68 pop.)
As if being hunted down for their ivory horns weren’t enough, now they’re also Top 4 on the most critically endangered species list.
However, there have been some attempts at a solution. Painting the horns of the Rhinos with a harmful toxin to humans but harmless to the Rhinos themselves.
Sumatran Rhino (80 pop.)
With two Rhinos found on the critically endangered list, hopefully, the solution above will succeed to help both species of the Rhinos even in the slightest way.
Cross River Gorilla (250 pop.)
At least the Cross River Gorillas are within the above 200 hundred range in the total population. Still bad, but way better than the past five creatures who don’t have much time to regenerate to the total number they used to be.
Malayan Tiger (250 pop.)
This makes the second tiger species to be found on the endangered list. Soon enough, if we don’t make a change right now, the Tigers’ total population will continue to decrease.
Sumatran Tiger (679 or less pop.)
Now, it’s the third tiger species on the same list…can you finally see how we must find a quick solution and fast. It’s not just climate change that affects them, but our constant habitat destruction of rainforests, etc. that are killing them.
Saola (700 or less pop.)
Sad, that some people don’t recognize this creature as well as the other organisms on this list. But, that doesn’t mean they aren’t important. You should be glad that you were able to live in a time where saolas still existed before they became extinct due to lack of care.
Yangtze Finless Porpoise (1,012 pop.)
Sea creatures becoming extinct only shows how hunting and ocean pollution not only affects the sea but those who live in it as well.
Sumatran Elephant (2,800 or less pop.)
Like rhinos, elephants are also hunted down for their ivory tusks. However, the solution made above for rhinos could also be used on elephant tusks to help prevent any unnecessary killing and save them.
Eastern Lowland Gorilla (4,000 pop.)
Even though the numbers seem to be rising, that doesn’t compare the total original population these creatures used to be in. In fact, gorillas used to rule the jungles, being about 100,000 or more in population. Being keystone species, once removed, they can have a drastic change in the food chain on other organisms.
Black Rhino (5,000 pop.)
If only poachers could stop hunting down these poor, innocent animals for their ivory, maybe there wouldn’t be THREE endangered rhino species within top ten on the most endangered species of 2019.
Hawksbill Sea Turtle (15,000 pop.)
This is now the third sea species to be on this list. Further showing how we must clean our ocean’s pollution and trash if we want to prevent any more sea creatures to be found on this list.
Western Lowland Gorilla (100,000 pop.)
The Western Lowland Gorilla makes the second gorilla species to be found on the list. Once the kings on jungles, now endangered, running from their lives trying to survive with such little time.
Orangutans (104,700 or less pop.)
You may be wondering how can the orangutans be endangered when its current population is about 100,000. Well, let me tell you, orangutans used to be about a million or more in total population back in the 1900s.
So, that just proves that this considered a drastic, decreasing change in the population for these creatures.
Looking back at the list, you just see many creatures of the same species repeated. Only that they have a different name or are found in different regions.
But, that doesn’t make it any better. If more same species continue to add onto the list, then our future generation may never see these magnificent creatures in reality.
Now, these species aren’t as critically endangered compared to the list of animals above. However, they still need to be cared for and protected.
Marine (Ocean) Creatures
- Indus River Dolphin 30
- Hector’s Dolphin 55
- Irrawaddy Dolphin 91 or less
- North Atlantic Right Whale 450
- Humphead Wrasse 2,000 or less
- Ganges River Dolphin 4,000 or less
- Manatees 13,000
- Bluefin Tuna 15,000 or less
- Fin Whale 18,000
- Blue Whales 25,000 or less
- Sei Whale 25,000
- Humpback Whales 40,000
- Green Turtle 85,000
- Sea Lion 100,000 or less
Arctic (Polar) Creatures
- Snow Leopard 7,000 or less
- Polar Bear 31,000 or less
- African Wild Dog 5,000 or less
- Bald Eagle 9,789
- Black-Footed Ferret 300
- Piping Plover 8,000
- California Condor 440
- Amur Tiger 500
Southeast Asia Forests
- Sri Lankan Elephant 250
- Indonesian Tiger 679
- Borneo Pygmy Elephant 1,500 or less
- Bengal Tigers 2,500 remain
- Indian Elephant 3,500
- Red Panda 10,000
- Asian Elephant 50,000 or less
- Mountain Gorillas 1,004
- Bonobo 20,000
- Chimpanzee 300,000 or less
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