Wildlife

Sumatran Tiger – Critically Endangered – 500 left

Sumatran Tigers are the only subspecies of tiger not found on the Eurasian continental mainland and are also the smallest and the rarest of all tiger subspecies. The Sumatran tiger is endemic to the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. The prime habitat of the Sumatran Tiger is lowland and hill forests. Human intrusion has pushed it to higher altitudes, even above 3,000 metres.

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Sumatran Rhino – Critically Endangered – 55 left

The Sumatran Rhino, also known as the hairy rhino, is the oldest species of rhino existing today. It evolved more than twenty million years ago. The Sumatran Rhino is the last existing species of an otherwise extinct family of rhinoceros, that included the woolly rhino hunted to extinction by humans 10,000 years ago.

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Sumatran Elephant – Endangered – 1,500 left

The Sumatran Elephant is one of the four existing Asian elephant sub-species and is found only on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. The other three sub-species are the Sri Lankan Elephant (Sri Lanka), the Indian Elephant (India to Malaysia) and the Borneo Elephant (Indonesia).

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Species: How Do They Become Extinct

A species becomes extinct when all the individuals in every existing population on Earth die. When this happens that species is gone forever. We have already exterminated or severely degraded substantially more than half of the populations of all species and their wild habitats. It starts with the arrival of people on the scene.

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Chinese paddlefish – Extinct 2010

The Chinese paddlefish is now extinct. It existed before flowering plants, bamboo and the pandas. It reached three metres in length. They could weigh up to 300kg and managed to survive the 5th mass extinction of life on Earth that occurred 66 million years ago. The Chinese paddlefish and its ancestors had been around for 150 million years

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Vaquita are Critically Endangered – Less Than 19 Left

The Vaquita is a species of porpoise endemic and only existing in the northern part of the Gulf of California. An adult Vaquita weighs in at about 43kg and is between 1.2 mtrs and 1.5 mtrs long. The word Vaquita is Spanish for “little cow”. The Vaquita has been …

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Asiatic Cheetah – Less Than 50 Left

The Asiatic Cheetah, also called the Persian Cheetah, is a Critically Endangered cheetah subspecies. Asiatic cheetahs are today only found in Iran. They once roamed a much larger territory ranging from the Arabian Peninsula and the Near East to the Caspian region, Kyzylkum Desert, Pakistan and India.

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Steller’s Sea Cow – Extinct in 1768

Steller’s sea cow was first seen by Europeans in 18th century around the Commander Islands in the Bering Sea between Alaska and Russia. Fossil records show that its range was more extensive during the Pleistocene epoch (from 2.6 million to 11.7 thousand years ago) and its population numbers had been much …

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Japanese Sea Lion – Extinct 1974

The Japanese sea lion was an aquatic mammal that became extinct in the 1970s and was to be found in the Japanese Archipelago and the Korean Peninsula. They inhabited the Sea of Japan along the northwest Pacific coastline, more specifically in Japan, Korea, southern Kamchatka Peninsula, Kuril Islands and …

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Pyrenean Ibex Extinct in 2000 – EU Conservation Failure

Ibex are wild goats that live in the mountainous regions of Europe, north central Asia and northern Africa. There are five species of ibex. They have long, curved horns and cloven hooves. Males have long beards. Ibex are related to antelopes, buffalo, bison, cattle, goats and sheep.The Pyrenean ibex was …

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