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Ranked: The Most Endangered Animals in the World

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This graphic shows the most endangered animals by numbers found in the wild, per estimates from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) UK.

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In the last decade alone, more than 460 species have been declared extinct. Expanding human activity is largely to blame for this rapid biodiversity loss.

This graphic shows the most endangered animals by numbers found in the wild, per estimates from the World Wildlife Fund UK.

ℹ️ This endangered animals list does not include species that are functionally extinct: not seen in decades or whose populations are no longer viable.

Ranked: Critically Endangered Animals

There are only about 75 Javan Rhinos left in the wild. Once found between the eastern edge of the Indian subcontinent all the way to Indonesia, their numbers have been steadily reduced by hunting and encoraching human settlements. Now they can be found only at the Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia.

RankEndangered AnimalsEstimated Number
Left in the Wild
Found in
1🦏 Javan Rhino75Java, Indonesia
2🐆 Amur Leopard100China & Russia
3🐅 Sunda Island Tiger600Sumatra, Indonesia
4🦧 Tapanuli Orangutan800Sumatra, Indonesia
5🦍 Mountain Gorillas1,000DRC, Rwanda
& Uganda
6🐬 Yangtze Finless Porpoise1,000Yangtze River, China
7🦏 Black Rhinos5,630Kenya, Namibia,
South Africa
& Zimbabwe
8🦧 Sumatran Orangutan14,000Sumatra, Indonesia
9🐢 Hawksbill Turtles23,000Atlantic, Indian,
Pacific Oceans
10🐘 African Forest Elephant30,000*Congo Basin

Note: *Last estimate from 2013.

In fact, Indonesia’s rainforests, home to 17% of all birds, 12% of the world’s mammals, and 10% of all plants, have steadily decreased as the country’s population has surged.

As a result, the country has already seen many species go extinct. It also currently has four animals on the WWF’s 10 most endangered animals list.

Aside from the Javan Rhino, this includes: the Sunda Island Tiger, and the Tapanuli and Sumatran Orangutans.

The Sunda Island Tiger is the smallest of all tiger species. Its Javan and Balinese counterparts have already been driven to extinction by hunting and habitat loss.

The Tapanuli and Sumatran Orangutans are two of the three great ape species found in Asia.

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