With each passing day on this beautiful home we call Earth, millions of endangered animals face the risk of being wiped out in the coming 10-20 years. Celebrated every year on 22 April, Earth Day aims to encourage and educate people across the world to be more environmentally friendly. Over the past few years, many beautiful creatures have slowly started taking their place on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. We’ve compiled a list of animals that face might face severe consequences in the coming years, if we choose to be ignorant.                            

21 April 2017
  • 1. BLACK RHINOCEROS - (Critically Endangered) The main reason of declining numbers of this species is due to the high level of poaching that is done for the horn, which is very rewarding in illegal trade markets.
  • 2. BORNEAN ORANGUTAN - (Critically Endangered) Due to high levels of deforestation, and destruction of their natural habitats, their population has seen a decrease of 92% over the past 100 years.
  • 3. BORNEO ELEPHANT - (Critically Endangered) The drastic drop in numbers of this magnificent species is due to the heavy poaching that is done for the ivory tusks. Loss of habitat also adds to the existing dilemma.
  • 4. COTTONTOP TAMARIN - (Critically Endangered) With a diluting population of only 6000 in the world, this species of monkey is right on the brink of extinction, if the situation doesn't get any better.
  • 5. RADIATED TORTOISE - (Critically Endangered) A dramatic fall in numbers is the only reason cited for this species to enter the list. Vast measures are being taken to re-populate them again.
  • 6. RED WOLF - (Critically Endangered) With a dwindling number of only over 100 individuals residing in the forests of North Caroline, the Red Wolf might soon be gone.
  • 7. SAOLA - (Critically Endangered) Although no formal survey has been conducted, the population of this rare breed is believed to be around 250. Vietnam has a special reserve dedicated to the protection of Saola.
  • 8. MONTE IBERIA ELEUTH - (Critically Endangered) The Iberia Eleuth, which is native to Mount Iberia grows only up to 1cm in length. With the Cuban jungles being destroyed each day, the species face a great risk of being wiped out.
  • 9. WESTERN LOWLAND GORILLA - (Critically Endangered) Native to the African continents, the Lowland Gorilla has been subject to civil unrest in the jungles as well as extensive poaching in and around the wilderness, which has slowly been affecting the numbers.
  • 10. AXOLOTL - (Endangered) This ridiculously photogenic creature is found in the lakes near Mexico. Relatively small, these salamander-like creatures face major threats from pollution in the lakes near the ever-growing Mexico city.
  • 11. BENGAL TIGER - (Endangered) The dangers posed in front of the tiger species all over the world in not news. With just over 2000 all over the world, the Bengal Tiger is easily on top of the list to be protected. Poaching of these beautiful creatures is done mainly for their skin.
  • 12. RED PANDA - (Endangered) Mostly found in zoos and in captivity, the exotic Red Panda species is slowly deteriorating. Hard to spot in the wild, special reserves have been set up all over the world to ensure that the numbers stay stable, and also increase with time.
  • 13. HUMMINGBIRD - (Endangered) The Hummingbird is without a doubt, a true pinnacle of evolution. Small, swift, and agile, the colourful bird is usually found in tropical climates. With the jungles being destroyed for, these tiny birds are slowly losing their homes and habitat.
  • 14. BLUE WHALE - (Endangered) The Blue Whale was widely hunted for the 'blubber', over the past two decades. But with new laws in order, the hunting has decreased, and the numbers have steadily risen over time. Yet, it will take continuous efforts to keep the population growing.
Although all the animals in the above series face an imminent threat of being extinct in the coming years, we have been putting remedies in place to prevent this. All over the world, special reserves have been set for a specific species to thrive, and increase their numbers. World leaders are passing the necessary laws needed to put an end to the relentless poaching that has led to this situation.

Spreading awareness and knowledge about the current situation of our planet is the only way to let people know about the required efforts that they can put in, no matter how small. Every person counts, every step matters.