Each animal has an important role in balancing the ecosystem of the nature. Unfortunately, many animals that are on the edge of extinction.

5. Black Rhino

Black rhino is a large species of rhinoceros that weight up to 1.4 tons and has a maximum horn length of 1.5 meters. They mainly inhabit in grasslands of Southwestern Africa.

In the 1960s, there were about 70000 black rhinos present in Africa. Today the number decline to just 2500.

The hunting and poaching are the main threats faced by the black rhinos. People mainly hunt black rhinos for the lengthy horns.

4. Mountain Gorilla

Mountain gorilla is a large subspecies of gorilla that lives in the high mountains of Africa. It is the most endangered type of gorilla in the world.

It is estimated that less than 900 mountain gorillas left today. The deforestation is the main threat faced by mountain gorillas.

3. Sumatran Tiger

Sumatran tiger is the smallest and most endangered subspecies of tiger.

Today only less than 400 Sumatran tigers left in the world. As the name indicates the Sumatran tigers are endemic to the Sumatran Island of Indonesia.

As by 1978 the population of Sumatran tigers estimated to be at 1000. The current decline in the population is caused by deforestation and poaching.

2. Iberian Lynx

Iberian Lynx is the most critically endangered species of cat in the world.

There are only less than 400 Iberian lynx remains in the world. The remaining Iberian Lynxes are mainly inhabit in the Southwestern parts of Spain.

1. Amur Leopard

Amur leopard is a critically endangered species of leopard that found mainly in Northeast Asia.

They are known for their beautiful thick coat.There are only a few Amur leopards present in the world.

Their current population estimated at just 57. The majority of the population lost back in 1970s by illegal logging and forest fires.

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