Endangered species which are near to extinction

endangered species
Endangered species

An endangered species is one that is on the verge of extinction, either globally or within a specific political jurisdiction. Endangered species may face extinction as a result of factors like habitat loss, poaching, and invasive species. Many species’ global conservation statuses are included on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, and several additional organisations assess the status of species within specific areas. Many countries have laws in place to conserve endangered species, such as those that prohibit hunting, limit land development, or establish protected areas. Extinct conservation efforts, such as captive breeding and habitat restoration, are underway for several endangered species.

The survival of wildlife is under threat. According to the WWF, the population of vertebrates decreased by 58% between 1970 and 2012. Nevertheless, some threatened species are making a comeback thanks to the conservation efforts of zoos all over the world, despite these alarming numbers.

Endangered species examples

Arabian Oryx

Arabian Oryx

In the wild, the Arabian Oryx was hunted to extinction. However, because to the conservation efforts of Phoenix Zoo and others. The species was saved from extinction from just a small number of animals kept in captivity.

More than 1,000 of these wonderful animals have been released into the wild. As a result of this amazing achievement, and hundreds more are being cared for by zoos around the world.

Przewalski’s Horse

przewalski horse

The Przewalski’s Horse is the last remaining member of the original wild horse species. Although it originated in Central Asian grasslands, it was originally thought to be extinct in the wild.

Przewalski’s Horse, however, has made a remarkable comeback. The Przewalski’s Horse is currently being gradually restored to its natural Habita. After zoos around the world collaborated to establish a stable population.

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California Condor

California condor

There was just 27 California Condors left when they were almost extinct. The birds were brought into captivity to start a breeding programme to help prevent the extinction of the California Condor.

Thanks to the tireless conservation efforts of the San Diego Wild Animal Park and the Los Angeles Zoot. There are now hundreds of these enormous birds flying in the skies of California.

Corroboree Frog

corroboree frog

Due to a particularly deadly fungus disease, these tiny black and yellow Corroboree Frog frogs, which only inhabit a small sub-alpine area of Australia, have practically vanished from the planet.

However, zoos like Taronga Zoo in Sydney have been secretly breeding a population of Corroboree Frogs for the past few years. These frogs are now being released into the wild in carefully created habitats that are disease-free. Six frog species have gone extinct recently in Australia alone. The Corroboree Frog won’t be one of them because of these zoos.


bongo animals

A huge antelope called the Eastern Bongo inhabits a sparsely populated and isolated area of Kenya. One of the last large mammal species to be identified, it is a sly creature.

But since the wild population was dramatically decimated by hunting and habitat destruction, it has grown even more rare. Eastern bongos may currently be found in captivity in greater numbers than in the wild. Zoos from all over the world are collaborating on a Bongo breeding programme to maintain a healthy population. That will serve as a safety net for the survival of this species.

Regent Honeyeater

Regent Honeyeater

The nectar of a specific kind of eucalypt tree serves as the sole source of nutrition for the vividly coloured Regent Honeyeater from Australia. Regrettably, due to deforestation, this vital food supply has been lost, and today there may be fewer than 1,500 Regent Honeyeaters in Australia.

The highly endangered Regent Honeyeater’s future is beginning to look more secure thanks to committed breeding operations in Australian zoos and tree-planting campaigns.

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Panamanian Golden Frog

Panamanian golden frog species

This adorable little Panamanian Golden Frog uses its extreme toxicity as a defense against predators. This, however, was unable to shield it from a deadly epidemic of a fungal illness. Since 2007, the frog is believed to have vanished from the wild.

However, in order to prevent this from happening, a population was brought into captive for safety, and several zoos worked together on a conservation project.

Bellinger River Turtle

Bellinger river turtle

The Bellinger River Snapping Turtle is a unique kind of animal that lives in Australia along the Bellinger River. In 2015, a newly discovered disease killed 90 percent of the species in the area.

A team from the Taronga Zoo in Sydney came to the rescue of 16 healthy turtles and started a breeding programme. To protect the Bellinger River Turtle population. The first babies were born in 2017.

Golden Lion Tamarin

Golden Lion Tamarian species

This beautiful Golden Lion Tamarin was in trouble in its home country of Brazil because logging and mining were taking away its habitat and poachers were a threat.

Since the early 1980s, conservation groups and zoos all over the world have worked together to keep the Golden Lion Tamarin from going extinct. About a third of the wild Golden Lion Tamarins today were raised by people.

Amur Leopard

Amur Leopard species

Only a few dozen of the beautiful Amur Leopards are left in the wild. Like many other species, the Amur Leopard is in danger of going extinct because its habitat is being destroyed, poachers are killing it, and people are building new things.

But because of a breeding programme that started in the 1960s, there are now 200 Amur Leopards in zoos all over the world. This means that the species will be around for a long time. Reintroducing animals back into the wild is hard, but conservation groups and governments are working together to get leopards back to their natural habitat in North-East Asia.


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It was first posted on May 19, 2017, at taronga.org.au.

Taronga Conservation Society Australia (Taronga) is a non-profit conservation organisation that is a leader in wildlife conservation, science, and research; animal welfare and rehabilitation; environmental education; and tourism and guest experiences.

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