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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
    2/ Charlesjsharp // Wikimedia Commons

    African wild dog

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

  • Asian elephant
    3/ Aparajita Datta // Wikimedia Commons

    Asian elephant

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

  • Bengal tiger
    4/ Ali Arsh // Wikimedia Commons

    Bengal tiger

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

  • Black-footed ferret
    5/ Mariomassone // Wikimedia Commons

    Black-footed ferret

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

  • Blue whale
    6/ NOAA Fisheries/Lisa Conger // Wikimedia Commons

    Blue whale

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

  • Bluefin tuna
    7/ aes256 // Wikimedia Commons

    Bluefin tuna

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

  • Bonobo
    8/ Psych USD // Wikimedia Commons

    Bonobo

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

  • Borneo pygmy elephant
    9/ Author Bernard DUPONT // Wikimedia Commons

    Borneo pygmy elephant

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

  • Chimpanzee
    10/ Thomas Lersch // Wikimedia Commons

    Chimpanzee

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

  • Fin whale
    11/ JoJan // Wikimedia Commons

    Fin whale

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

  • Galapagos penguin
    12/ derekkeats // Wikimedia Commons

    Galapagos penguin

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

  • Ganges river dolphin
    13/ ollieharridge // Flickr

    Ganges river dolphin

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

  • Green turtle
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    Green turtle

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

  • Indian elephant
    15/ Keshavmalu1 // Wikimedia Commons

    Indian elephant

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

  • Indochinese tiger
    16/ Ltshears // Wikmedia Commons

    Indochinese tiger

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

  • North Atlantic right whale
    17/ Lauren Packard/NOAA // Flickr

    North Atlantic right whale

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

  • Red panda
    18/ Marshmallowbunnywabbit // Wikimedia Commons

    Red panda

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

  • Sei whale
    19/ Christin Khan/NOAA/NEFSC // Wikimedia Commons

    Sei whale

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

  • Amur leopard
    20/ William Warby // Flickr

    Amur leopard

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

  • Black rhino
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    Black rhino

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

  • Eastern lowland gorilla
    22/ Graueri Gorilla // Wikimedia Commons

    Eastern lowland gorilla

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

  • Mountain gorilla
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    Mountain gorilla

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

  • Orangutan
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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)

  • Saola
    25/ Silviculture // Wikimedia Commons

    Saola

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

  • Western Lowland gorilla
    26/ RedGazelle15 // Wikimedia Commons

    Western Lowland gorilla

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

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