Endangered Animals

Animals are being hurt because of our actions. Learn about some of these endangered animals that are in danger of being extinct.

African Forest Elephants

African forest elephants live in dense tropical forests in West and Central Africa. They feed on leaves, grasses, seeds, fruit, and tree bark. Since the species rely on wood for their habitat and food, cutting down trees and deforestation had been threatening to the elephants.

African Elephant | Species | WWF

Amur Leopards

Amur leopards live in temperate, broadleaf, and mixed forests, and they feed on deer, boar, and rodents. They are endangered mainly because of poaching and habitat loss.

Amur Leopard | Species | WWF

Black Rhinos

Black rhinos live in the semi-desert savannah, woodlands, forests, and wetlands. They are about to go extinct because of the rising demand for rhino horns from some Asian customers.

Black Rhino | Species | WWF

Bornean Orangutan

Bornean orangutans live in lowland rainforests and tropical, swamp, and mountain forests, and they feed on fruit, bark, and insects. Deforestation and hunting are mostly affecting them and they are critically endangered.

Bornean Orangutan | Species | WWF

Blue Whales

Blue whales live in the ocean and feed on krill and other shrimp. Plastic floating around the ocean is threatening them because whales get tangled with the trash or eat it without noticing.

Blue Whale | Species | WWF

Green Turtles

Green turtles live in tropical and subtropical oceans. Overharvesting of their eggs, hunting of adults, and being caught in fishing gear are threatening and that’s why they are endangered.

Green Turtle - The Australian Museum

African Wild Dogs

African wild dogs live in deserts, forests, and grasslands. They eat antelopes, calves, birds, and rats. They are suffering from habitat loss, poaching, and diseases.

African wild dogs guide | BBC Wildlife magazine - Discover Wildlife

How You Can Help

You can visit a national wildlife refuge and volunteer, or get to know about the endangered animals that live in your area. You can also recycle properly and use less plastic because trash thrown away in animals’ habitats are dangerous for them. Lastly, you also need to make sure you don’t release your pets into the wild, because invasive species sometimes prey on native species.