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5 Animals that are on the World’s Most Endangered Species list

Updated on June 13, 2018
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1. The African Elephant

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According to the World Wildlife Fund, there is only approximately about 450,000 African Elephants left roaming around this earth (which might not seem like a big deal to some) but for a wildlife species that occupies over 37 different countries throughout the planet, only having just about 450,000 African Elephants left on this earth is actually a pretty low number.

The African Elephant species consists of two large group of wild African Elphants, The African Bush Elephant (Pictured Above) and the African Forest Elephant (Pictured Below)
The African Elephant species consists of two large group of wild African Elphants, The African Bush Elephant (Pictured Above) and the African Forest Elephant (Pictured Below) | Source
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3 quick facts about the African Elephant species:

1. The African Bush Elephant is the largest of the African Elephant Species. The African Bush Elephant usually weighs anywhere between 6,000 (for females elephants) to 13,000 pounds! (for the males)

2. Elephants like the African Elephant use their trunk to smell, breath, suck up water to drink, and much more! Elephants trunks are so strong that they can even pick up heavy objects like broken down trees and other animals/creatures with it!

3. Most Elephants only give birth once every 5 years, so the African Elephants key towards survival is to just have as many babies as possible and hope for the best.

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(How cute is this photo of a baby African Bush Elephant?!)
(How cute is this photo of a baby African Bush Elephant?!) | Source

2. The Hawksbill Sea-Turtle

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According to nationalgeographic.com, the Hawksbill Sea-Turtle is a "critically endangered" sea creature because some humans around the world are still eating these turtles eggs (even though these turtles are usually very highly protected), while other humans around the world are killing off these beautiful sea creatures in order to get their hands on the Hawksbill Sea-Turtles "incredibly unique shells".

The Hawksbill Sea-Turtle can be found in many different climates and oceans, including: The Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, The Persian Gulf, The Red Sea, The Mediterranean Sea,  + more
The Hawksbill Sea-Turtle can be found in many different climates and oceans, including: The Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, The Persian Gulf, The Red Sea, The Mediterranean Sea, + more | Source

3 quick facts about the Hawksbill Sea-Turtle species:

1. The Hawksbill Sea-Turtle falls into two subspecies categories: Atlantic and Indo-Pacific.

2. By estimate, there is only about 20,000 female Hawksbill Sea-Turtles left in the entire world.

3. The Hawksbill Sea-Turtle can usually be found in habitats in the ocean where there are lots of rocky spaces, coral reefs, or narrow creeks and passes.

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3. The Blue Whale

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The Blue Whale is the largest animal on the planet and also one of the worlds most "critically endangered" species because of hunters who are over-hunting these stunning sea creatures.

There are three subspecies of the Blue Whale: 1. The Intermedia 2. The Pygmy Blue Whale 3. The Musculus
There are three subspecies of the Blue Whale: 1. The Intermedia 2. The Pygmy Blue Whale 3. The Musculus | Source

3 quick facts about the Blue Whale species:

1. Blue Whales tongues (can) weigh just as much as an elephant!

2. Blue Whales mostly only eat Krill which are basically just very small shrimp-like sea creatures that float around in the ocean.

3. Blue Whales are not only the largest animal species on the earth, but the loudest animal species on the earth too!

Just a couple of Blue Whale mama's & their babies
Just a couple of Blue Whale mama's & their babies | Source
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4. The Black Rhino

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The Black Rhino is a subspecies of the Rhinoceros that is hunted a lot for their horns, which is said to be worth anywhere up to $50,000 each and so with that thought in mind, it is really no wonder why these amazing creatures are one of the top animals named on the worlds most endangered species list.

Did you know? The horns of the black rhinoceros are known to reach up to 1.5 meters in length! Wow!
Did you know? The horns of the black rhinoceros are known to reach up to 1.5 meters in length! Wow! | Source

3 quick facts about the Black Rhino Species:

1. The Black Rhino's scientific name is "Diceros Bicornis."

2. The Average lifespan of a Black Rhinoceros is anywhere between 35-50 years.

3. Even though it is most commonly referred to as the "Black Rhinoceros," a Black Rhinos skin color can actually vary a lot between a dark brown color and black.

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5. The Hawaiian Monk Seal

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According to the Wildlife Guide, there are only about 1,100 wild Hawaiian Monk Seals left in the entire world and that is because hunters in the pacific are over-poaching these beautiful creatures and they are also being killed off from pollution in the water near the area that they reside in.

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3 quick facts about the Hawaiian Monk Seal:

1. One of the Hawaiian Monk Seal's sister subspecies, the Caribbean Monk Seal, has been believed to be extinct since the 70's.

2. The Hawaiian Monk Seals scientific name is "Monachus Schauinslandi."

3. Hawaiian Monk Seals are the most endangered animal species throughout the 8 main Hawaiian islands.

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