6 Endangered Species We Need to Protect

Humans have wiped out about 322 animal species, and thousands more are on the brink of extinction. Here are 6 species in urgent need of continued conservation.
Ishaan Govardhan May 10, 2019
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Mountain Gorillas

With only about a thousand mountain gorillas left in the African wild, conservation efforts are in full swing.

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Asian Elephants

Time’s running out for this great species. Having been relentlessly poached for ivory, they're down to about 35,000-40,000.

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Tigers

Better off than their 500 - 600 Sumatran cousins, the Bengal Tigers’ population has grown to about 2500, under governmental protection.

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Whooping Cranes

In 1938 there were only 28 of these birds left in the American wild. Well-organized conservation efforts have pushed their number up to about 800.

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Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks

Killed for their fins, Scalloped Hammerheads have dwindled to about 5% of their original population in certain parts of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Tasmanian Devils

Many of these marsupials fell prey to a deadly contagious disease, and now only around 10,000 of them are still left in the wild.
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