All around the world, countless creatures are threatened with extinction. We hardly notice it, since most of these beautiful animals seem worlds away. Yet, even in North America there are over a thousand endangered creatures. Habitat loss and poaching are major problems for animals all over.
It’s a tragic tale as old as time. In order to save animals, humans must control their own population and resource use, otherwise every creature – including humans – will suffer horrible consequences. Ironic, isn’t it? The following countries are those most at risk. Feel free to help out in any way you can!
15. Tanzania: 416 Species
Tanzania includes many diverse habitats and animals. Unfortunately, many of these unique creatures are endangered. Tanzania has forests, moorlands, savannas, woodlands, lakes and mangroves, all of which contain exotic animals. Their list of endangered animals includes the black rhino, leatherback turtles, wild dogs and monkeys.
14: Philippines: 456 Species
According to Conservation International, the Philippines is one of the biologically diverse areas in the world. Rainforests cover the islands and include thousands of species of animals. People are destroying these rainforests though, and in turn, the beautiful creatures there. Some of the endangered species here include the Philippine eagle, the spotted deer and the Tarsier.
13: Cameroon: 484 Species
In all of Africa, Cameroon has the second highest concentration of biodiversity. Containing over 320 different mammals, there is a great push to help the area’s endangered creatures. In fact, every one of Africa’s great ape species are endangered and in danger of going extinct.
12: Peru: 508 Species
Although many Andean creatures are protected by the government, they still are threatened with extinction. One adorable cat is called the Andean Mountain Cat, and is on the endangered species list. Habitat loss is a major problem for the region’s animals.
11. Madagascar: 530 Species
In a matter of 11 years, 615 new species were discovered in Madagascar. The area contains one of the rarest creatures on the planet, the Silky Sifaka lemur. The island boasts one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet, with rainforests as well as deserts and dry forests. Because of this rich climate, it holds many unique animal species.
10. India: 552 Species
India has a multitude of unique and exotic animal species. For marine creatures, pollution and overfishing is causing serious, rapid endangerment. Some of these marine animals include the critically endangered hawksbill turtle and the Gharial, which is called the fish-eating crocodile.
9. Columbia: 593 Species
In Columbia, the biologically diverse areas are being completely destroyed. It is one of the top biologically diverse areas in the world, being the home of hundreds of sensitive creatures. Because there has been little to no planning, the forests are being destroyed at an alarming rate. Some of the creatures that are endangered include parrots, toucans, tamarins, ocelots and margay cats.
8. Australia: 621 Species
Australia is known for having hundreds of unique animals, including a vast amount that can be deadly. But now, these creatures are largely facing endangerment and extinction. The woylie, pygmy possum and hairy-nosed wombats are just a few.
7. Brazil: 697 Species
A large amount of animals in Brazil are threatened. These include the jaguar and sea turtle. Currently, there are around 700 species that are endangered, with others already extinct.
6. Mexico: 748 Species
Mexico is home to a surprising 1/10th of all land animals in the world. Even more diverse than other areas with rainforests, Mexico is in dire need of wildlife protection. The jaguar, monkeys and porpoise are especially in need of protection.
5. China: 773 Species
In China, there has been a great effort to protect the remaining animal species from extinction. In 1995, a total of 8.7% of national territory came under protection in the form of reserves and national forest area. These efforts have slowed the decline in populations for creatures such as the Eld deer and Chinese alligator, even increasing it in many cases.
4. Indonesia: 833 Species
Indonesia holds one of the world’s richest areas for biodiversity. Its rainforests are vast and thick with plants and animals. However, these areas are steadily being destroyed, never to be reclaimed. People now are looking to preserve the existing rainforests, and the unique flora and fauna that exist there. These animals include the orangutans, Sumatran tigers, elephants and rhinos.
3. Malaysia: 892 Species
Malaysia, like many other diverse areas, includes rainforests, seas and freshwater areas for a multitude of species. It has an unusually high density of rare species. Animals here are in dire need of protection, including the tiger, rhino, elephant and turtle.
2. United States: 1,143 Species
Many are surprised to see the United States so high on this list. Before the arrival of Europeans to the land however, the country was home to millions of now extinct or endangered flora and fauna. Animals such as the cougar and wolf are endangered and need help to reclaim territory.
1. Ecuador: 2,588 Species
Ecuador is by far the country with the most endangered species. Over 2,500 species of animals are in danger, including reptiles, amphibians, mammals, fish and corals. The Andean spectacled bear, for example, has only 3,000 individuals or less remaining. It is the only bear in the entirety of South America and if it is gone, many other species will suffer.