10 SPECIES THAT MIGHT GO EXTINCT THIS YEAR, YOU CAN STOP IT!

There are many species that are going extinct in our world today. Many of these animals may not be there anymore because they will go extinct.

1) AMUR LEAPORD

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Only about 35 Amur leopards exist in the world today, with few left in the wild due to loss of habitat and poachers who hunt them for their coats.

2) HAWKSBILL TURTLE

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Though sea turtles have made a comeback in recent years, hawksbills are still subjected to accidental capture in fishing nets and are eaten by people who believe their eggs are a delicacy.

3) MOUNTAIN GORILLA

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Mountain gorillas are continuous casualties of decades-long wars in central Africa and only about 700 of them are thought to still exist.

4) Javan Rhinoceros

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The Javan rhino has the smallest remaining population of any rhinoceros species. Just 35 still survive in the wild due to natural disasters, diseases caused by a lack of genetic diversity and invasive species.

5) SAOLA

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Saolas were only recently discovered in 1992 and are already in danger of being wiped out, with populations estimated to be as low as a few dozen, mainly due to hunting and habitat loss.

6) SOUTH CHINA TIGER

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The South China tiger is so close to extinction there may not be any left in the wild at all, thanks largely in part to hunting efforts by the Chinese government.

7) VAQUITA

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The vaquita is a small porpoise on the brink of extinction, with less than 100 surviving in the wild due to fishery bycatch, the accidental and unnecessary capture of non-target marine animals during fishing.

8) SUMATRAN ORANGUTAN

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There are only a few thousand Sumatran orangutans left in the wild and populations are declining rapidly due to hunting, fires that destroy their habitat and planned construction that makes it easier for illegal loggers to encroach upon their territory.
9) SUMATRAN ELEPHANT

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These big guys live in the same area as the Sumatran orangutan and have hit populations below 3,000 due to poaching for their tusks, deforestation and dangerous encounters with humans resulting from a lack of habit, forcing them to come into contact with humans.

10) PANGOLIN

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Pangolins are some of the most highly trafficked animals in the world, particularly in Asia. Their meat and scales are commonly used in folk remedies. It is estimated that over 200,000 were killed between 2011 and 2013

-Demetrius Jacob

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