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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 help from IUCN and the EDGE methodology, species outlined below guide our team's efforts in protecting some of the last remaining species left on Earth.

TOP ENDANGERED SPECIESODD-TOED UNGULATESEVEN-TOED UNGULATESCARNIVORESELEPHANTSPRIMATESMARSUPIALSBATSRODENTSINSECTSCETACEANSSEALSAMPHIBIANSBIRDS

TOP 12 DISTINCT AND ENDANGERED SPECIES ON THE PLANET

This list is by no means exhaustive, but it does present an accurate picture of some of the most endangered animals threatened with extinction. It is our hope that this tool drives conservation efforts for some of the more critical animals, so that we may not lose them when we have the means to save them.

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RANK SPECIES NAME COMMON NAME REGION POPULATION TREND IUCN STATUS EDGE SCORE
1 Zaglossus attenboroughi Attenborough’s Echidna, Cyclops Long-beaked Echidna Indonesia Unknown CR 6.80
1 Zaglossus bartoni Eastern Long-beaked Echidna Indonesia 10,000 CR 6.80
1 Zaglossus bruijnii Western Long-beaked Echidna Indonesia Unknown CR 6.80
4 Mystacina robusta New Zealand Greater Short-tailed Bat New Zealand Unknown CR 6.78
6 Burramys parvus Mountain Pygmy Possum, Broom’s Pygmy-possum, Burramys Australia 2,250 CR 6.29
7 Solenodon cubanus Almiqui, Cuban Solenodon Cuba Unkown EN 6.21
7 Solenodon paradoxus Haitian Solenodon, Hispaniolan Solenodon Haiti Unkown EN 6.21
9 Dicerorhinus sumatrensis Sumatran Rhinoceros Indonesia 220 CR 6.19
10 Bunolagus monticularis Riverine Rabbit, Bushman Hare South Africa 500 CR 6.13
11 Diceros bicorniss Black Rhinoceros, Hook-lipped Rhinoceros Africa 4,880 CR 6.09
14 Rhinoceros sondaicus Javan Rhinoceros Indonesia 46 CR 6.02
20 Tapirus indicus Asian Tapir, Indian Tapir, Malay Tapir, Malayan Tapir Indonesia 2,499 EN 5.69
39 Equus africanus African Wild Ass Africa 23 CR 5.30
75 Tapirus pinchaque Mountain Tapir, Andean Tapir, Woolly Tapir So. America 2,500 EN 5.22
258 Rhinoceros unicornis Indian Rhinoceros, Great Indian Rhinoceros India 2,575 VU 4.68
273 Equus grevyi Grevy’s Zebra Africa 1,956 EN 4.60
299 Ceratotherium simum White Rhinoceros, Square-lipped Rhinoceros Africa 20,170 NT 4.01
1901 Equus kiang Kiang Asia 60,000 LC 2.53


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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RANK SPECIES NAME COMMON NAME REGION POPULATION TREND IUCN STATUS EDGE SCORE
9 Dicerorhinus sumatrensis Sumatran Rhinoceros Indonesia 220 CR 6.19
11 Diceros bicorniss Black Rhinoceros, Hook-lipped Rhinoceros Africa 4,880 CR 6.09
14 Rhinoceros sondaicus Javan Rhinoceros Indonesia 46 CR 6.02
20 Tapirus indicus Asian Tapir, Indian Tapir, Malay Tapir, Malayan Tapir Indonesia 2,499 EN 5.69
39 Equus africanus African Wild Ass Africa 23 CR 5.30
75 Tapirus pinchaque Mountain Tapir, Andean Tapir, Woolly Tapir So. America 2,500 EN 5.22
258 Rhinoceros unicornis Indian Rhinoceros, Great Indian Rhinoceros India 2,575 VU 4.68
273 Equus grevyi Grevy’s Zebra Africa 1,956 EN 4.60
299 Ceratotherium simum White Rhinoceros, Square-lipped Rhinoceros Africa 20,170 NT 4.01
1901 Equus kiang Kiang Asia 60,000 LC 2.53



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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RANK SPECIES NAME COMMON NAME REGION POPULATION TREND IUCN STATUS EDGE SCORE
13 Camelus ferus Bactrian Camel, Wild Bactrian Camel Asia 950 CR 6.04
28 Choeropsis liberiensis Pygmy Hippopotamus Africa 2,000 EN 5.61
43 Beatragus hunteris Hirola, Hunter’s Antelope Africa 200 CR 5.48
44 Pseudoryx nghetinhensis Saola Asia 75 CR 5.45
72 Catagonus wagneri Catagonus wagneri Chacoan Peccary, Tagua So. America 3,200 EN 5.24
104 Sus cebifrons Visayan Warty Pig Asia CR 5.07
105 Porcula salvania Pygmy Hog India 200 CR 5.07
126 Addax nasomaculatus Addax Africa 30 CR 5.01



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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RANK SPECIES NAME COMMON NAME REGION POPULATION TREND IUCN STATUS EDGE SCORE
19 Ailuropoda melanoleuca Giant Panda Asia 500 EN 5.71
100 Viverra civettina Malabar Civet, Malabar Large-spotted Civet Asia 249 CR 5.09
107 Cynogale bennettii Otter Civet, Otter-civet, Sunda Otter Civet Indonesia 2049 EN 5.07
107 Ailurus fulgens Red Panda, Lesser Panda, Red Cat-bear, Tolai Hare Asia VU 5.06



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

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RANK SPECIES NAME COMMON NAME REGION POPULATION TREND IUCN STATUS EDGE SCORE
17 Elephas maximus Asian Elephant Asia 41,410 EN 5.78
383 Loxodonta africana African Elephant Africa 352,271 VU 4.32



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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RANK SPECIES NAME COMMON NAME REGION POPULATION TREND IUCN STATUS EDGE SCORE
29 Indri indri Indri Madagascar 1000 CR 5.6
30 Galagoides rondoensis Rondo Dwarf Galago, Rondo Bushbaby Africa Unknown CR 5.58
37 Varecia variegata Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur, Ruffed Lemur Madagascar 64 CR 5.52
41 Prolemur simus Greater Bamboo Lemur, Broad-nosed Gentle Lemur Madagascar 500 CR 5.50



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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RANK SPECIES NAME COMMON NAME REGION POPULATION TREND IUCN STATUS EDGE SCORE
6 Burramys parvus Mountain Pygmy Possum, Broom’s Pygmy-possum Australia 2250 CR 6.29
12 Lasiorhinus krefftii Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat Australia 80 CR 6.06
24 Ailurops melanotis Talaud Bear Cuscus Indonesia Unknown CR 5.64
31 Myrmecobius fasciatus Numbat, Banded Anteater Australia 800 EN 5.57



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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RANK SPECIES NAME COMMON NAME REGION POPULATION TREND IUCN STATUS EDGE SCORE
4 Mystacina robusta New Zealand Greater Short-tailed Bat New Zealand Unknown CR 6.78
25 Natalus jamaicensis Jamaican Greater Funnel-eared Bat Jamaica 50 CR 5.64
26 Coleura seychellensis Seychelles Sheath-tailed Bat Seychelles CR 5.63
31 Myrmecobius fasciatus Numbat, Banded Anteater Australia 800 EN 5.57



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