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Some of The World’s Most Threatened Animals That You Can Help Save

The World Wildlife Fund is a great organization that is helping to prevent the extinction of many species. Some species are more at risk than others. Here is a list of some of the most threatened species in the world, a few facts about them, what is threatening them, and links to the WWF’s and other organizations’ efforts to save them.


The World Wildlife Fund is an organization that is dedicated to saving endangered animals from possible extinction. When a person donates to The WWF 82 cents of every dollar goes directly to their conservation efforts around the world. They offer people the chance to symbolically adopt an animal. What you are really doing when you do this type of adoption is becoming a part of saving an entire species. Although there are over one hundred species that a person can symbolically adopt some animals are more at risk of extinction than others. This article is about the species that The WWF’s website currently has on its Higher Threat Level page.

In this piece the heading or name of each species is a link to that species WWF adoption page. Where possible I have provided additional links to organizations, other than WWF, that are dealing with specific species.




Panthera tigris

Wild Population: 3200 individuals, this estimate includes all subspecies.

There are seven subspecies of Tigers surviving today. These include The Bengal Tiger, Panthera tigris tigris, The Siberian Tiger, Panthera tigris altaica, The Indochinese Tiger, Panthera tigris corbetti, The Malayian Tiger, Panthera tigris jacksoni, The Sumatran Tiger, Panthera tigris sumatrae, and the most critically endangered subspecies, The South China Tiger, Panthera tigris amoyensis.

In recent years the world has lost three subspecies of tigers. These were The Bali Tiger, Panthera tigris balica, The Javan Tiger, Panthera tigris sondaica, and The Caspian Tiger, Panthera tigris virgata. Major threats to tiger populations are deforestation, inbreeding depression, and poaching. Poaching is perhaps one of the biggest threats as the trade in tiger related products is big business on the black market.

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A Malaysian Tiger in photo


Amur Leopard

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  1. deep blue

    On March 25, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Excellent post and interesting animals to be extinct out of this planet’s inventory. Well presented, Mark.



  2. Brenda Nelson

    On March 25, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    great link.. interesting to know about the sea turtles being eaten by Catholic. Great pictures too.

  3. johnnydod

    On March 26, 2010 at 2:09 am

    Im all for this, more power to the animals I say

  4. Ruby Hawk

    On April 1, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    All of our wild life is being threatened by deforesting, and polluted streams. We are not doing well taking care of the earth.

  5. Sibertiger

    On April 5, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    All these animals are great, people hunt them for different reasons, the world would be will loss if they gone. We should be ashamed if our children are able to see these animals only in the books.

  6. nick

    On April 26, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Because there is a big food crisis now people should be vegeterians. If that does not happen we should eat the people who still kill animals.

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