The leatherback turtle, Sumatran orangutan, mountain gorilla, vaquita and etc are among ten endangered species to be on the look-out for in 2012. The list is compiled by World Wildlife Fund.
The leatherback turtle, also known as the largest species of turtle alive today, has survived for more than a hundred million years and is facing with the extinction. Reportedly, the species is declining precipitously throughout its range. The largest turtle, without a hard shell, can live in cool waters and dive deep in search of jellyfish and other food. The leatherback turtle is strong swimmers and able to undertake long journeys. The rare turtle lives in tropical and temperate sea waters and breed off the West Indies, Florida, the northeastern coast of South America, Senegal, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Peninsular Malaysia.
The Sumatran orangutan, which lives only in northern and western provinces of Sumatra, Indonesia, is one of two most endangered orangutan species
The mountain gorilla, which was found on 17 October 1902, has only estimated total number of mountain gorillas worldwide of 790
Atlantic Bluefin Tuna
The Atlantic bluefin tuna is well-known as one of the largest, fastest, and most gorgeously colored of all the world’s fishes. The torpedo-shaped animals have declined alarmingly over the past few decades
The rare species of porpoise, vaquita, lives only in the Gulf of California, Mexico and is critically endangered due to entanglement in fishing nets
Main threats of Irrawaddy Dolphin’s extinction are fisheries bycatch and habitat loss
Also featuring in a top 10 list of endangered species to be on the look-out for in 2012, tiger has less than 3200 individuals remaining in the world
There is only 6,000 snow leopards in the wild across 12 countries and the number is declining alarmingly due to hunting and habitat loss
The Javan is named the rarest large mammal on the planet with only 50 animals left in the world
The Asian elephant, which has been worshipped for centuries and used for ceremonial and religious purposes, is also featured on top ten endangered species to be on the look-out for in 2012
Top Ten Endangered Species 2012: Leatherback Turtle, Sumatran Orangutan and More