There are approximately 3,000 endangered animals worldwide. Estimations of the number of endangered animals vary depending on the source of the data used and the degree of endangerment under consideration.
Animals become endangered due to growing human population, destruction of their habitats, pollution and the introduction of other exotic species in the same region. Human exploitation of Earth's resources also contributes to the endangerment of animal species.
Some of the most endangered animals in the world are the ivory-billed woodpecker, the western lowland gorilla, the leatherback sea turtle, the tiger and the Chinese giant salamander. Other endangered animals include the little dodo bird, the Amur leopard and the Javan rhinoceros.
A list of endangered species is available at WorldWildlife.org. This list makes note of both critically endangered and endangered species. As of 2015, critically endangered species include the Amur leopard, black rhino, Cross River gorilla, hawksbill turtle and the Java rhino.
Organizations such as the National Wildlife Federation attempt to protect endangered animals by reducing threats that endangered species face, in addition to protecting and restoring the habitats of endangered species. The Federation also attempts to defend and strengthen the power of the Endangered
Aside from the fact that an array of animal species makes life on earth more interesting, protecting endangered species has important health benefits to humans. In particular, animals fit into the well-established ecological food chain, and extinction causes a disruption to natural order, according
Endangered animals must be saved to protect the balance of the ecosystem. When one species goes extinct, it greatly impacts the food chain.
To help save endangered animals, support conservation organizations such as the National Wildlife Federation, visit nature preserves and parks, avoid purchasing items and garments made from the hides of endangered species and help create wildlife-friendly habitats. There are more than 40,000 endange
There are many different species of endangered African animals, with some, such as the addax, facing a more dire threat than others. Many of the endangered or vulnerable species in Africa are threatened by human activities such as hunting, harassment and pastoralization of wild habitat. Some of thes
Some animals that are included on the endangered species list are the western lowland gorilla, the leatherback turtle and the Amur leopard. As of 2015, these animals are categorized as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.