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Species you might not know are endangered

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Species you might not know are endangered

May 17 this year marks Endangered Species Day, created to raise awareness, engage conservationists, and ultimately advocate for the protection of thousands of the world’s species facing extinction.

The last decade has marked a dramatic increase in the risks facing species from rhinos to bees. In 2016, the animal trafficking market grew to an estimated $23 billion. Many researchers have called the additional loss of animal life to habitat change, pollution, climate change, and other factors a global epidemic.

To help raise awareness around animals at risk, Stacker looked to the World Wildlife Fund and The American Wildlife Foundation in to identify species with a conservation status of "endangered" or "critically endangered" that face a high likelihood of extinction.

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African wild dog

Scientific name: Lycaon pictus
Conservation status: Endangered
Estimated population: 6,600

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Aparajita Datta // Wikimedia Commons

Asian elephant

Scientific name: Elephas maximus indicus
Conservation status: Endangered
Estimated population: 415,000

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Ali Arsh // Wikimedia Commons

Bengal tiger

Scientific name: Panthera tigris tigris
Conservation status: Endangered
Estimated population: More than 2,500

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Black-footed ferret

Scientific name: Mustela nigripes
Conservation status: Endangered
Estimated population: 370

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NOAA Fisheries/Lisa Conger // Wikimedia Commons

Blue whale

Scientific name: Balaenoptera musculus
Conservation status: Endangered
Estimated population: 10,000
25,000

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Bluefin tuna

Scientific name: Thunnus thynnus
Conservation status: Endangered
Estimated population: Fewer than 3.7 million

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Bonobo

Scientific name: Pan paniscus
Conservation status: Endangered
Estimated population: 100,000

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Author Bernard DUPONT // Wikimedia Commons

Borneo pygmy elephant

Scientific name: Elephas maximus borneensis
Conservation status: Endangered
Estimated population: 1,500

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Chimpanzee

Scientific name: Pan troglodytes
Conservation status: Endangered
Estimated population: 150,000
250,000

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Fin whale

Scientific name: Balaenoptera physalus
Conservation status: Endangered
Estimated population: 50,000
90,000

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Galapagos penguin

Scientific name: Spheniscus mendiculus
Conservation status: Endangered
Estimated population: Fewer than 2,000

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Ganges river dolphin

Scientific name: Platanista gangetica gangetica
Conservation status: Endangered
Estimated population: 1,200
1,800

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Green turtle

Scientific name: Chelonia mydas
Conservation status: Endangered
Estimated population: data not available

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Indian elephant

Scientific name: Elephas maximus indicus
Conservation status: Endangered
Estimated population: 20,000
25,000

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Indochinese tiger

Scientific name: Panthera tigris corbetti
Conservation status: Endangered
Estimated population: 350

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North Atlantic right whale

Scientific name: Eubalaena glacialis
Conservation status: Endangered
Estimated population: 300
350

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Red panda

Scientific name: Ailurus fulgens
Conservation status: Endangered
Estimated population: Fewer than 10,000

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Christin Khan/NOAA/NEFSC // Wikimedia Commons

Sei whale

Scientific name: Balaenoptera borealis
Conservation status: Endangered
Estimated population: 12,000

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Amur leopard

Scientific name: Panthera pardus orientalis
Conservation status: Critically Endangered
Estimated population: More than 60

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Black rhino

Scientific name: Diceros bicornis
Conservation status: Critically Endangered
Estimated population: More than 5,000

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Graueri Gorilla // Wikimedia Commons

Eastern lowland gorilla

Scientific name: Gorilla beringei graueri
Conservation status: Critically Endangered
Estimated population: Fewer than 4,000

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Mountain gorilla

Scientific name: Gorilla beringei beringei
Conservation status: Critically Endangered
Estimated population: 880

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Orangutan

Scientific name: Pongo abelii, Pongo pygmaeus
Conservation status: Critically Endangered
Estimated population: 104,700 (Bornean), 14,613 (Sumatran), 800 (Tapanuli)

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Saola

Scientific name: Pseudoryx nghetinhensis
Conservation status: Critically Endangered
Estimated population: Fewer than 750

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Western Lowland gorilla

Scientific name: Gorilla gorilla gorilla
Conservation status: Critically Endangered
Estimated population: Up to 100,000

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