As you are probably aware, I love to write about adorable animals so this week I wanted to write about cute animals who need our help. Here is a list of a few endangered animals that the World Wildlife (WWF) organization has listed as "critically endangered".
1. Yangtze Finless Porpoise
This cousin to the dolphins resides only in one river, the Yangtze, in the world. The Yangtze Finless Porpoise, also known as the Narrow-ridged Finless Porpoise, has a population of less than 2000 and is in serious danger of becoming extinct like their river-mates the Baiji Dolphins because of humans.
2. Sumatran Tiger
The Sumatran Tiger resides solely on the island of Sumatra and is the smallest species of tiger that is not extinct. There are currently less than 500 of these tigers left on the planet because of poaching and habitat destruction.
3. Sumatran Rhino
Sharing the island of Sumatra with the Sumatran Tiger, is the Sumatran Rhino. There are fewer than 100 of these little (relatively, they too are the smallest Rhino subspecies) left in the world because of human destruction.
Saolas were only recently discovered (1992) and their sightings have only been documented four times since. They can be found in Laos and Vietnam in the mountains and are nicknamed the "Asian Unicorn" by some.
5. Sumantra Orangutan
There are less than 200,000 Orangutans left in the world as a species, and only 15,000 Sumantra Orangutans. The long-haired mammals can weigh up to 200 pounds. The Orangutans of Sumantra are more social amongst each other than their fellow Orangutans of Borneo.
6. Hawksbill Turtle
The Hawksbill Turtles are responsible, in part, for the care of coral reefs and they help maintain the ecosystem of tropical oceans. Unfortunately these beautiful animals are poached for their unique and expensive shells.
If you can, consider "adopting" one of these endangered animals or one of the many more that need help. You can also help by spreading awareness.