The most endangered species in 2012

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The most endangered species in 2012

VietNamNet Bridge – The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has made the list of ten endangered species to be on the look-out for in 2012, including some species in Southeast Asia and Vietnam, such as Irrawaddy dolphin, tiger and Javan rhino.




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
.


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
.


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