8 critically endangered species to appreciate while you still can
1. Darwin's Fox
- Only 250 mature adults are alive today, and 90 percent of them live on Chiloé Island
2. Western Lowland Gorilla
- Poaching has been a main threat for a long time. But more recently, beginning in the 1990s, the Ebola virus has decimated the gorillas. The Westerb Lowland Gorilla's population is expected to fall by more than 80 percent over three generations, from 1980 to 2046.
3. White-Headed Langur
- As of 2006, there were only 64 White-headed langurs left around the world. A couple of things are killing these langurs. Once again, the major problem is poaching. People hunt them for both meat and for use in traditional medicine.
4. Mekong Giant Catfish
- It’s hard to know how many are left around the world. Before they became critically endangered, fisherman caught around 40 to 50 a year. By 2003, that number had dropped to between 5 and 8.
5. Yagntze Giant Softshell Turtle
- There are only four left in the world. One lives in the Hoan Kiem lake and another at the Dong Mo Lake Son Tay in Hanoi, Vietnam. Two others live at the Suzhou Zoo.
6. Great Indian Bustard
- Hunting, habitat destruction, and human incursion have destroyed the Bustard population. There are now fewer than 100 left.
7. Cuban Greater Funnel-Eared Bat
- The main problem for the funny-eared bats is that they all live in one cave on the island of Cuba. There are now fewer than 100 left and the roof of the cave is collapsing, which has affected the hot temperature inside and threatens the bats with extinction.
8. Baishan Fir
-- This tree lives in eastern China on the 1,857 meter summit of Baishanzu Shan in the Fengyangshan-Baishanzu National Nature Reserve. Only three trees remain in the world.
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