10 endangered species that require your attention

We explore 10 animals that are on the brink of extinction and who do you reach out to help.

A Malayan Tiger (Photo by Razlisyam Razali from Pixabay)

Today is World Wildlife Day. According to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), one million animals and plant species are threatened with extinction and its projected that many of these extinctions may happen within decades.

Our wildlife plays a huge role in the global ecosystem in which we, as humans, are part of. Human-driven activities have heavily impacted the lives and survival of many wild animals. Some of the threats wildlife across the globe are currently facing include habitat loss, poaching, pollution and climate change.

However, it is not too late. There is still an opportunity to turn back the clock to make a positive difference and aid committed individuals and organisations that are fighting to keep them alive.

Here are 10 wildlife species that are fighting to stay alive and how you can reach out to relevant conservation organisations.

1. Bornean Orang Utan (Pongo pygmaeus)

Bornean Orang Utan (Photo by Stuart Jansen on Unsplash)

The proud symbol of Borneo has seen its population decline by more than 50% over the last 60 years. These intelligent and affectionate primates face a major threat to their survival due to unsustainable deforestation, forest fires and fragmentation that has resulted in their habitat reducing to just 55% of what it used to be in past 20 years.

They play a critical role in dispersal of seeds (from the fruits and forest produce that they consume) with 500 plant species have been recorded in their diet. The Bornean Orang Utan have an extremely low reproductive rate because of their commitment to raise a single offspring to maturity, and they take a long time to reach sexual maturity.

To learn more about the Bornean Orang Utans and to contribute to their conservation, visit the Orangutan Foundation.

2. Sumatran Rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis)

Sumatran Rhino (Photo By E. Ellis, 2012; wikicommons)

Last November, we received the devastating news that the last Sumatran Rhino died at the Tabin Wildlife Reserve in Sabah, Malaysia – thus declaring that the species extinct in Malaysia.

These large, solitary creatures could live up to 40 years old but are constantly threatened by habitat loss and poachers for their horn which is a commodity in traditional medicine in the region. The last strong hold of the species lies in the Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra with just 50 individuals recorded.

To learn more about the Sumatran Rhinos and to contribute to their conservation, visit the International Rhino Foundation.

3. Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricate)

Hawksbill Turtle (Photo by Kris Mikael Krister on Unsplash)

Found throughout the warm equatorial waters of the planet, the Hawksbill Turtles are some of the most magnificent creatures to roam the seas. They are the living descendants of a group of reptiles that has existed on Earth and traveled our seas for the last 100 million years.

They play an important role in maintaining the health of our global coral reefs. They are threatened by the loss of nesting and feeding sites, excessive egg collection, pollution, coastal development and accidental captures during fishing. Their shell is also a prized commodity in the illegal wildlife trade.

To learn more about the Hawksbill and other turtles, and to contribute to their conservation, visit SEE Turtles.

4. Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis)