Endangered Species Day Observance

Today is Endangered Species Day, a time to remember the importance of different species on our connected planet and the importance of protecting them. Here we are observing seventeen of the most threatened animals on the planet. These are animals currently on the critically endangered list according to the WWF, which means that they are at an extremely high risk of becoming extinct in the wild.

There are over 40,000 species on the planet threatened with extinction today, according to the IUCN Red List, which includes amphibians, sharks & rays, conifers, reef corals, crustaceans, mammals, and birds.

In observance of Endangered Species Day, here is a photograph reminder of some of the animals currently at highest risk.  See these and the rest of the endangered list and learn more about these animals at World Wildlife Fund for Nature.

Critically Endangered Animals

African Forest Elephant

The African forest elephant feeds on bark, leaves, and fruit | By dsg-photo.com – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Amur Leopard

Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis)

Black Rhino

Baby Black Rhino with Mother

Bornean Orangutan

Bornean Orangutan (Pongo o Pygmaeus Wurmmbii) in the Wild in the Rainforest of Borneo. Indonesia

Cross River Gorilla

Cross River Gorilla

Eastern Lowland Gorilla

Female Eastern Lowland Gorilla looks into the trees for others in her troop, Kahuzi-Biega National Park, DRC.

Hawksbill Turtle

Hawksbill turtle swimming along tropical reef in the Caribbean, Bonaire

Javan Rhino

Beautiful image of One Horned Rhinoceros.

Orangutan

Orangutan

Saola

Saola | Silviculture at Vietnamese Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Sumatran Elephant

Sumatran Elephants

Sumatran Orangutan

Sumatran Orangutan at Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra, Indonesia

Sumatran Rhino

Sumatran Rhino

Sunda Tiger

Beautiful and endangered female Sumatran Tiger Cub

Vaquita

Vaquita

Western Lowland Gorilla

Western Lowland Gorilla

Yangtze Finless Porpoise

Finless Porpoise and Her Calf

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