10 Animals In Danger Of Going Extinct

  • Baiji Dolphin – The Baiji Dolphin was declared extinct in 2006. Since then there was a sighting of the rare dolphin species. However, the population is considered to small for the Baiji Dolphin to survive.
  • Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle – The Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle is the worlds largest freshwater turtle. Only four of these giant turtles are known to be left in existence and their extinction is expected to be imminent. The only breeding pair have yet to produce eggs that have hatched.
  • Axolotl – The Axolotl is an albino salamander thought to be extinct until recently. In 2014 two were spotted in the wild making this species extremely rare. The Axolotl can regenerate severed limbs. That little fact makes this salamander very important for scientific research.
  • Hula Painted Frog – Until 2011 the Hula Painted Frog was thought to be extinct as it hadn’t been seen in 50 plus years. Currently, it is believed that only 14 Hula Painted Frog remain in existence. The closest related frog to this species vanished 15,000 years ago.
  • Amur Leopard – Only 30 Amur Leopards can be found in the wild. With such a small population, inbreeding is reducing fertility among the species.
  • Sumatran Tiger – There are only about 400 Sumatran Tigers left in the world, but what is even more startling is that 40 of these tigers are killed by humans every year.
  • Greater Bamboo Lemur – The Greater Bamboo Lemur is so rare it was already thought to be extinct prior to 1986. However, the Greater Bamboo Lemur was rediscovered and currently only about 100 remain in the wild.
  • Sumatran Rhino – The Sumatran Rhino is the smallest of all rhinos with a height of only about 1 meter. The little rhino is hunted ruthlessly by poachers as their horns sell for $30,000 on the black market. Only 200 Sumatran Rhino remain in existence today.
  • Lberian Lynx – With only 100 Lberian Lynxs remaining in the wild, this species of wildcat is critically endangered.
  • Ploughshare Tortoise – Only 300 Ploughshare Tortoise’s remain in existence, making them the worlds rarest turtle. The Ploughshare Tortoise is only found in Madagascar.