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10 Animals That Could Be Extinct by 2050

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Everywhere across Earth, habitat loss and deforestation are threatening numerous species of wildlife. Illegal hunting and poaching are also taking a toll. Unless measures are taken, these ten endangered animals could be extinct by the year 2050.

10. Saola

World Wildlife Fund

Saola, discovered in 1992, is one of the rarest large mammals on Earth. They’re a forest-dwelling bovine native to the Annamite Range in Vietnam and Laos. They’ve been kept in captivity multiple times, only to die within a matter of weeks to months. The saola population is estimated at 70 to 750, but experts say fewer than 100 remain.

9. Lemurs

lemur on brown wooden fence
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Lemurs are the longest-living mammals on Earth, existing for approximately 70 million years. Ten of the 50 different types of lemurs inhabiting Madagascar are critically endangered. Some species have already been lost. Giant lemurs, which were the size of gorillas, went extinct some 2,000 years ago when humans first settled in Madagascar.

8. Hawksbill Turtles

brown turtle
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Turtles have been on earth for as long as 100 million years, but many species are endangered. The biggest threat to turtles is by-catch from fishing vessels. Since 1996, the hawksbill turtle has been listed as critically endangered. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is assisting in supplying fisheries with rounded hooks that won’t latch onto sea turtles.

7. Vaquitas


Some experts predict vaquitas may not last another five years. Vaquitas are small cetaceans that become victims of bycatch off the Gulf of Mexico. Efforts are underway to use dolphins to help locate the vaquita population. Scientists plan to move them to secure pens to protect the remaining individuals. Still, it’s unclear whether they will survive captivity.

6. Cheetahs

cheetah on green grass during daytime

In 1990, Earth’s population of cheetahs topped 100,000. Today, that number has dwindled to less than 8,000. Conservationists are concerned the species will be lost entirely if increased measures aren’t taken. The threats cheetahs face are the illegal wildlife trade and habitat loss. The species is listed as “vulnerable” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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5. Sumatran Elephants

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Researchers believe that only 2,400 to 2,800 Sumatran elephants remain in the wild. Half of their population has vanished in the last generation. By comparison, that’s more than what the black plague did to Europe. Two-thirds of their lowland forest habitat was lost in the last 25 years. Many conservationists say the species will disappear if action isn’t taken soon.

4. Snow and Amur Leopards

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As a whole, leopards aren’t vulnerable, but their subspecies are endangered. Experts say only 4,000 to 6,500 snow leopards remain in the wild. Worse, only 60 Amur leopards exist. Researchers believe climate change may further reduce snow leopard habitat by up to 30 percent. These leopards are often killed by farmers to prevent them from eating their livestock.

3. Sumatran Tigers

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Rampant habitat loss on the Indonesian island of Sumatra threatens the extinction of its Sumatran Tiger. Only 400 to 500 individuals remain. In addition to habitat loss, the tigers have also been frequent victims of illegal poaching and wildlife trade. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and WWF have teamed up, hoping to double the world’s tiger population by 2022.

2. Gorillas

black gorilla lying on wooden surface
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The Cross River Gorilla of the Congo basin has only 200 to 300 individuals remaining. Eastern Lowland Gorillas lost 50 percent of their population in the last two decades, and the remaining number is unknown. There are an estimated 880 Mountain Gorillas in the wild. Western Lowland Gorillas are listed as critically endangered with their remaining population unknown.

1. Rhinos

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All five species of rhinos are at risk. Illegal poaching, and a culture that believes their horns are valuable, have driven some species to near extinction. Only 3 Northern White Rhinos exist. Only 60 Javan Rhinos remain. The Sumatran Rhino population is around 225 to 275 individuals. Luckily, South African conservationists have rebounded the Southern White Rhino population to 20,000.

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