Animals threatened by extinction


This is a video about the Grenada dove.

From Wildlife Extra:

April 2010. The Wildlife Conservation Society has released a list of critically endangered species, dubbed the “Rarest of the Rare”; a group of animals most in danger of extinction, ranging from Cuban crocodiles to white-headed langurs in Vietnam. …

The list of endangered species includes:

* Cuban crocodile: Currently restricted to two small areas of Cuba.
* Grenada dove: The national bird of Grenada is threatened by habitat loss.
* Florida bonneted bat: Thought to be extinct in 2002; a small colony has since been discovered.
* Green-eyed frog: Only a few hundred of these small amphibians are left.
* Hirola: Also called Hunter’s hartebeest; the hirola is a highly threatened African antelope.
* Ploughshare tortoise: With only 400 left, the ploughshare tortoise is threatened by the illegal pet trade.
* Island gray fox: Living on the California Channel Islands, this is the smallest fox in the United States.
* Sumatran orangutan: This population has declined 80 percent during the past 75 years.
* Vaquita: This small ocean porpoise is drowning in fishing nets.
* White-headed langur: Only 59 of these monkeys remain on a small island off Vietnam. …

The 2010 list also highlights positive news, with two species on the road to recovery thanks to conservation efforts: Rober’s tree frog whose population has grown due to captive breeding in zoos; and Przewalski’s horse, which is starting to rebuild numbers after being re-introduced into the wild. The 2010-2011 State of the Wild includes a special section devoted to the impact of human conflicts on wildlife and wild places. It considers how conservation can contribute to peace-building and reconstruction in post-conflict areas.

Going, Going, Almost Gone … but for Professor Pan: China’s White-Headed Langur: here.

Przewalski’s Horse, Equus ferus przewalskii, is listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Przewalski’s Horse is now the last true species of wild horse, and in 1969 the last wild individual was recorded in southwest Mongolia. Previously classified as ‘Extinct in the Wild’, the release of captive-bred individuals and the survival of their offspring in the wild to maturity led to it being down-listed to ‘Critically Endangered’: here.

October 2010: One of the four critically endangered ploughshare tortoises stolen from Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Madagascar has been returned home following the seizure of an illegal shipment of animals by the Malaysian authorities in Kuala Lumpur: here.

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