ANIMALS we know and love, from the rhino to the tiger, are now critically endangered.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature has a ‘Red List’ where it notes down all the animals that could disappear in our life time and says 27,000 of these creatures will go extinct if action isn’t taken.
The following are six of the most endangered animals in the world and the measures humans are taking to help save them.
The Javan rhinoceros
Photo by Robin Moore/Global Wildlife Conservation
These rhinos need 24/7 protection
Less than 60 Javan rhinos are alive in the world today.
The horned creatures all live in one National Park in Java, Indonesia
The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) and the Rhino Foundation of Indonesia are working together to protect this species and expand its habitat.
Five Rhino Protection Units, each consisting of a four person anti-poaching team, watch over the rhinos whilst deactivating traps and arresting poachers.
Cross River gorillas
Alamy These gorillas are the rarest apes in the world
There are less than 300 Cross River gorillas left in existence due to deforestation and poaching.
It is the rarest species of ape in the world and was previously thought to have gone extinct in the 1960s as a result of the Nigerian civil war.
Efforts to save these animals mainly focus on securing the forest around them.
WWF and partners have worked with the governments of Cameroon and Nigeria to create a protected area for the gorillas that spans the border of the two countries.Siberian tigers
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Siberian tigers nearly went extinct in the 1940sSiberian tigers are the world’s largest cats but less than 550 remain.
Hunting in the 1940s nearly drove the species to extinction with only 40 of them managing to survive the cull.
The tigers were saved when Russia became the first country in the world to grant the large cats full protection.
Continued conservation and anti-poaching efforts help to keep the small population fairly stable.
This cute porpoise is the rarest marine mammal in the worldThis dolphin-like creature is considered to be the most rare marine mammal.
Less than 30 vaquitas are known to exist as the population has dropped drastically in the last few years.
An organisation called VivaVaquita.org was set up in 2009 with the hope of raising awareness about the porpoise’s plight and saving the small creature.
Hawksbill sea turtles
A lot of hawksbill sea turtles are now tracked by GPSThese turtles are critically endangered and their coloured shells make them highly valuable to illegal traders.
They represent a group of reptiles that have lived on Earth for over 100 million years.
Despite their protected status, hawksbill eggs are eaten across the globe and they are often accidentally killed by fisherman.
Conservationists are now tracking some of the turtles by satellite to save them from poachers, hunters and traders.
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These big cats are fast runners and high leapersThere are less than 90 of these solitary big cats left.
It has been reported that male Amur leopards stay with the females to help them raise their young and that they can leap more than 19 feet in the air.
The number of these leopards has increased fairly recently due to conservation efforts like anti-poaching brigades and educational programmes for humans who live near to the leopard habitat.
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