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WWF is committed to saving endangered species. Learn more about the species we are working to protecting from becoming endangered or extinct.


Elephants Conservation Status. Elephants are endangered animals and that is a statement that all of us need to take very seriously. They are enormous animals and one that many cultures hold in high regard. Yet the number of them in the wild continues to plummet at an alarming rate.


African elephants are listed as threatened under the American Endangered Species Act because the species is at risk of extinction due to poaching for their tusks, which are sold on the black market. In addition, the African elephant population is at risk due to loss of habitat when mankind moves into the elephant's range.


Endangered Species Day 2019: List of Most Threatened Animals and Plants in the U.S. and World


In 1978, the African elephant was listed as Threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). The African elephant was first listed in Appendix III of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora in 1976 and moved to Appendix II the following year. In 1990, after nearly a decade during which African ...


Sumatran elephant (Elephas maximus sumatranus) critically endangered; Asian elephant (Elephas maximus indicus) endangered; Sumatran Elephant. Only 2,400-2,800 exist in the wild. Elephants play an important role in maintaining healthy ecosystems by depositing seeds in their feces as they traverse. They are native to Borneo and Sumatra.


This page contains endangered animals facts for kids – and anyone else interested in finding out about the world’s threatened species. Here you’ll find all kinds of information on endangered animals, including: who decides if a species is endangered; the different categories for endangered species; and why animals become endangered.


A-Z animal listings organised by conservation status, including endangered and threatened animals. A-Z animal listings organised alphabetically. A-Z Animals, an online animal encyclopedia where you can learn about all your favourite animals, and even some you may have never heard of!


WWF is committed to saving endangered species. Learn more about the species we are working to protecting from becoming endangered or extinct.


At the turn of the century, there were an estimated 200,000 Asian elephants. Today there are probably no more than 35,000 to 40,000 left in the wild. They have an "Endangered" or "Threatened" status internationally. Main causes for decline: Poaching and Habitat Loss Ivory Trade