Here’s a look at some of the animals preventing extinction by the thinnest of margins in honor of
Endangered Species Day.
#1 Indian Tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni).
Only 200 of these extremely uncommon cats are thought to still exist on the Malay Peninsula in southern Thailand, which is the only spot on Earth where they can be found. Tragically, China recently lifted a restriction on the use of tiger parts, reversing a policy that had been in place for years. The WWF deems this action “a significant setback for wildlife protection.” Another: Malayan people frequently murder tigers to preserve their cattle; nevertheless, this is one location where WWF is focusing its efforts and may
#4 Gazelle d’Amazon (Nanger dama).
This little African antelope is represented by an estimated 100 individuals in the wild, with Saharan grassland populations fragmented and unable to find enough to eat to survive. In order to reintroduce this giant gazelle into the wild, the Sahara Conservation Fund and a number of zoos are attempting to safeguard the animal in Chad, Niger, and Mali by operating breeding operations.
#6 Elephant pygmy of Borneo (Elephas maximus borneensis).
They are the smallest elephants in Asia, and there are just 1,500 of them left. The ivory ban in China is expected to have a considerable impact on the poaching of these and all elephants, according to conservation organizations. However, this will not lessen the threat posed by the expansion of palm oil plantations in the area. There are initiatives underway to expand the natural corridors that these cherished and shrewd creatures rely on as their foraging areas.