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.
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.
A Malaysian Tiger in photo