Last Updated on July 3, 2015
Human pillaging of natural resources and habitats all across the globe have lead to a great deal of consequences. One such consequence is the utter loss of beautiful life. Many may think that animals have no capacity to want things or have feelings, but that is quite wrong. Animal instincts dictate that they want to live just as much as the average human does. Self preservation and the expansion of a species are the main priorities in an animal’s lifetime. However humans have proven on many occasions that commodities and natural goods are more important to them then the continuing existence of animals. Let us take a look at the top ten most endangered animals.
List of Most Endangered Animals
Small Dodo Bird
The Samoan relative to the larger dodo bird is face imminent extinction as humans continue to destroy the natural habitats of these majestic birds. The larger dodo bird went extinct a few centuries ago when the pilgrims of Britain and Spain landed on the lands of the Dodo bird. The Small dodo bird now faces the same fate.
Chinese Giant Salamander
Deforestation and the destruction of natural habitats are not the only method of making an entire species go extinct. The Chinese Giant Salamander is known to lay up to 500 eggs at a time in damp burrows, however even with this abundant reproduction rate humans have managed to destroy the population of the Chinese Giant Salamander. This amphibian is hunted and killed because it is a delicacy in most oriental countries!
The Siberian Tiger is the largest of all the big cats in the world, even larger than the African Lion. The Siberian Tigers main habitat resides in the Northern regions of Russia. The Siberian Tiger is mainly hunted for its expensive fur and the healing powers of it’s bones. Not many of these cats are left and only humans are to blame for this atrocity.
Leatherback Sea Turtle
The leatherback sea turtle has its fair share of natural predators but the most dangerous one is the humans. This magnificent turtle is hunted because it is a prime delicacy in many areas across the globe. Even though the leatherback sea turtle is able to lay many eggs at once, the population of this species keeps dwindling due to the actions of humans.
Western lowland gorilla
The western lowland gorilla is another species that is a victim to illegal poaching carried out by greedy humans. This calm and gentle primate has also been suffering from disease and epidemics. If the illegal hunting of this gorilla is stopped, maybe the survival of the Western lowland gorilla may still be possible
Northern Right Whale
Whale blubber is used in many human cosmetics such as lipstick and oil based creams, hence whales are hunted without remorse. The Northern Right Whale has a population of around 350 left in the Atlantic ocean.
Northern Sportive Lemur
The northern sportive lemur has seen one of the most fastest declines in population for a species on the globe. Rapid deforestation has lead the lemurs to have no natural habitat which makes them prime targets for the many natural predators they have. It is estimated that only twenty northern sportive lemurs are left in the wild. That’s why it is one of the most endangered animal.
The great horn on a rhino has many uses for greedy humans wishing to make quick money. Criminal poachers kill a rhino, skin it for its expensive hide and also take the horn. The Javan Rhino is a swamp dwelling rhino and when its population was in abundance they were easy to find. There are only 60 javan rhinos left in the wild.
The Amur Leopards habitat resides in the far east regions of Russia and they are hunted brutally for their expensive furs. Many expensive fur clothing available in the market are from big cats such as the Amur Leopard.
It is unknown whether this species of North American bird has gone extinct or not. The Ivory-billed woodpecker was one of the largest birds in the woodpecker species. They died out due to human exploitations such as logging and hunting them for their pristine feathers!