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CRITICALLY ENDANGERED SPECIES IN CRISIS

We've compiled what we believe to the be the most focused resource on endangered species conservation available today.  With the added help from resources like IUCN and the EDGE methodology, the species outlined below guide our team's efforts in protecting some of the last remaining species left on Earth.

ODD-TOED UNGULATESEVEN-TOED UNGULATESCARNIVORESELEPHANTSPRIMATESMARSUPIALSBATSRODENTSINSECTSCETACEANSSEALSAMPHIBIANSBIRDS

TOP 4 THREATENED SPECIES OF ODD-TOED UNGULATES

Members of the order Perissodactyla, otherwise known as odd-toed ungulates, are mammals characterized by an odd number of toes and by hindgut fermentation with somewhat simple stomachs. Rounding out the top of the list for WPS are primarily rhinos, which have been under heavy pressure in the last decade as the price of rhino horn has increased dramatically on the black market.

Sumatran Rhinoceros

📸 Charles W. Hardin CC BY-SA 2.0

Black Rhinoceros

📸 farmgirl CC BY-SA 2.0

Javan Rhinoceros

📸 Wikipedia CC BY-PUBLIC DOMAIN

Asian Tapir

📸 Linny Heng CC BY-SA 2.0

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TOP 4 THREATENED SPECIES OF EVEN-TOED UNGULATES

Members of the order Artiodactyla, otherwise know as even-toed ungulates, are typically referred to as even-toed ungulates are ungulates whose weight is borne equally by the third and fourth toes. Their evolutionary history dates back 50+ million years and have an enormously wide diversity of species. Rounding out the top of the species in crisis are the bactrian camel, the pygmy hippo, hirola, and saola . . . all of which have extremely low and isolated populations.

Bactrian Camel

📸 J. Patrick Fischer CC BY-SA 3.0

Pygmy Hippopotamus

📸 Chuckupd CC BY-PUBLIC DOMAIN

Hirola

📸 CapricornTaxidermy CC BY-SA 4.0

Saola

📸 Silviculture CC BY-SA 3.0

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TOP 4 THREATENED SPECIES OF CARNIVORES

Members of the order Carnivora include animals which live in the oceans, so for simplicity we've divided them between terrestrial and oceanic species. Although evolutionary history has provided them with teeth and claws tailored for catching and eating prey, many of these species are still under threat from human encroachment, habitat loss, and even hunting. Many speculate it is precisely because of their predatory nature that they are in direct competition with humans, and thus susceptible to becoming crisis species.

Giant Panda

📸 Chen Wu CC BY-SA 2.0

Malabar Civet

📸 Not Available

Otter Civet

📸 Not Available

Red Panda

📸 Bernard Landgraf CC BY-SA 2.0

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TOP 2 THREATENED SPECIES OF ELEPHANTS

Members of the order Proboscidea include only two species: Asian Elephants and African Elephants. Garnering the most conservation attention, the African elephant isn't the most at risk of extinction compared to many other species. Most families of Proboscidea are now extinct, many since the end of the last glacial period. Recently extinct species include the last examples of gomphotheres in Central and South America and the American mastodon of family Mammutidae in North America.

Asian Elephant

📸 Yathin S Krishnappa CC BY-SA 3.0

African Elephant

📸 shankar s. CC BY-SA 2.0

📸 Not Available

📸 Not Available

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TOP 4 THREATENED SPECIES OF PRIMATES

Members of the order Primates arose from ancestors that lived in the trees of tropical forests; many primate characteristics represent adaptations to life in this challenging three-dimensional environment. Most primate species remain at least partly arboreal. With the exception of humans, who inhabit every continent, most primates live in tropical or subtropical regions of the Americas, Africa and Asia.

Indri Indri

📸 Oliver Gärtner CC BY-SA 3.0

Rondo Bushbaby

📸 ulfboge CC BY-SA 2.0

Black Ruffed Lemur

📸 Frank Vassen CC BY-SA 2.0

Greater Bamboo Lemur

📸 Brian Gratwicke CC BY-SA 2.0

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TOP 4 THREATENED SPECIES OF MARSUPIALS

Members of the infraclass Marsupialia cover several orders of species. All extant marsupials are endemic to Australasia and the Americas. A distinctive characteristic common to these species is that most of the young are carried in a pouch. Well-known marsupials include kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, possums, opossums, wombats, and Tasmanian devils. Genetic analysis suggests a divergence date between the marsupials and the placental mammals at 160 million years ago.

Mountain Pygmy Possum

Phil Spark CC BY-SA 2.0

Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat

📸 Jason Pratt CC BY-SA 2.0

Talaud Bear CusCus

📸 Sakurai Midori CC BY-SA 3.0

Banded Anteater

📸 Martin Pot CC BY-SA 3.0

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TOP 4 THREATENED SPECIES OF BATS

Bats are mammals of the order Chiroptera whose forelimbs form webbed wings, making them the only mammals naturally capable of true and sustained flight. Bats are present throughout most of the world, with the exception of extremely cold regions. They perform the vital ecological roles of pollinating flowers and dispersing fruit seeds; many tropical plant species depend entirely on bats for the distribution of their seeds. Bats are economically important, as they consume insect pests, reducing the need for pesticides.

Greater Short-tailed Bat

📸 Dept of Conservation CC BY-SA 4.0

Jamaican Funnel-Eared Bat

📸 Carlos A Mancina

Seychelles Sheath-Tailed Bat

📸 Island Conservation Society CC BY-SA 4.0

Banded Anteater

📸 Martin Pot CC BY-SA 3.0

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TOP 4 THREATENED SPECIES OF RODENTS

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TOP 4 THREATENED SPECIES OF INSECTS

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TOP 4 THREATENED SPECIES OF SEALS

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TOP 4 THREATENED SPECIES OF AMPHIBIANS

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TOP 4 THREATENED SPECIES OF BIRDS

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