Endangered Species

Endangered Species

Devon R, Editor

Giant Panda-

There are about 1,864 Giant Pandas living in the wild. Giant pandas eat bamboo and need between 26 to 84 pounds every day. They mainly live in southwest China and their main threat to survival is habitat loss.

 

Sumatran Tiger-

The Sumatran Tiger is a critically endangered species, there are less than 400 worldwide. A tiger can grow to be 308 pounds. They are currently only living on the island of Sumatra located outside of Indonesia.

 

African Elephant-

African elephants are the largest mammal on earth. These elephants weigh on average 6 tons (12,000 pounds) and 19-24 feet long. They live in Central Africa and are most threatened by human conflict.

 

Cross River Gorilla-

The 200 to 300 Cross River Gorillas can be found in Cameroon and Nigeria and are critically endangered. Cross River Gorillas are hunted illegally and inbreeding. Deforestation and the clearing of forests are also impacting the rate of survival for these gorillas.

 

Hawksbill Sea Turtles-

Hawksbills are a critically endangered species of sea turtles. They help improve areas of the oceans including coral reefs and seagrass beds. Illegal Wildlife Trade is causing the hawksbill sea turtle population to go down.

 

Polar Bear-

Polar bears around the arctic are in danger from ice caps melting. They spend over 50 percent of their time hunting and need fat to survive the cold. Polar Bears weigh between 800 and 1,300 pounds.

 

Sumatran Rhino-

The Sumatran Rhino is a critically endangered species; there are only 80 living. Sumatran Rhinos and one of the few species to have two horns, and are red and brow. Their low population is mainly due to habitat loss and illegal hunting.

 

North Atlantic Right Whale

The North Atlantic Right Whale is the most endangered whale species. There are about 300 whales and they can weigh up to 70 tons. Bycatching is when other animals get stuck in fishing nets, and it is a major threat to whales.