A Look at 7 of the Top Endangered Species

"Black rhino" by Roman Boed licensed under CC BY 2.0
Black rhino” by Roman Boed licensed under CC BY 2.0

Source: NAT GEO

Raising Awareness on National Endangered Species Day by sharing National Geo’s list of 7 species that are endangered due to poaching.

1. Pangolin : The most trafficked mammal in the world, with nearly one million killed in the last 10 years; hunted for its scales and meat, used for medicinal purposes; highest demand in China and Vietnam.

2. Addax: There are about 3 left; mainly hunted for fun and “sports” in Niger.

3. Asian Elephant: Their numbers have dropped by 50 percent in the last century; hunted for      tusks, meat, and skin; often taken from their natural habitats and placed in tourist attractions.

4. Red-Fronted Macaw: Often killed because they are considered “parasites” to farmers; hunted for pet trade in South America. There are only about 4,000 remaining in the wild.

5. Vaquita: Most endangered marine mammal, with only 60 left in the Gulf of Mexico; they are frequently found dead in gill nets, used by fishermen – who often are illegally fishing for rare fish species.

6. Black Rhino: There are about 5,000 left in the wild; these small African rhinos are hunted for their horns, which are used for medicinal purposes and sold on black market.

7. Ploughshare Tortoise: There are 500 left, located in Northwestern Madagascar; their shells are sold on the black market for thousands.

Check out #EndangeredSpeciesDay to learn more about endangered wildlife.

Read full story at: NAT GEO

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