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VULNERABLE: the species is likely to become endangered
ENDANGERED: the species is at risk of extinction. Today, endangerment is usually a result of habitat loss or climate change.

Some endangered animals, like Pandas, receive worldwide attention while others, like the less charismatic Blue Fin Tuna, do not receive the same amount of publicity
EXTINCT IN THE WILD: living specimens can only be found in captivity
EXTINCT: the species has disappeared from the face of the Earth. Bears.

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Tigers. Snow Leopards. Sea Turtles. Malaysia seizes $3.1 million worth of rhino horns at airport. KUALA LUMPUR Malaysian authorities have seized about $3.1 million (£2.5 million) worth of rhinoceros horns flown in from Mozambique via Qatar, the latest seizure in Asia of products from endangered species to feed demand for traditional remedies, officials said on Monday.

Malaysia seizes $3.1 million worth of rhino horns at airport

Malaysia is a major transit point for the trade in endangered species to other Asian countries although a customs official told Reuters Malaysia was believed to have been the final destination of the 18 horns. Customs officials at Kuala Lumpur International Airport found the more than 51 kg (112 lb) of horns on Friday, after a tip-off, packed in wooden crates in a cargo warehouse, airport customs director Hamzah Sundang told a news conference.

The horns had been shipped to Malaysia via Doha, Qatar, on a Qatar Airways flight, using false documents and declared "Obra de arte" or "objects of art", Hamzah said. First U.S. Bumblebee Officially Listed as Endangered. It’s official: For the first time in the United States, a bumblebee species has been declared endangered.

First U.S. Bumblebee Officially Listed as Endangered

The rusty patched bumblebee (Bombus affinis), once a common sight, is “now balancing precariously on the brink of extinction,” according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Poachers break into Paris zoo, shoot rhino dead and steal its horn. A rhinoceros at a zoo near Paris was shot three times in the head on Monday night by poachers who then cut off its horn with a chainsaw.

Poachers break into Paris zoo, shoot rhino dead and steal its horn

The four-year-old rhinoceros, named Vince, was found dead this morning by keepers at Thoiry Zoo, to the west of the French capital. One or more poachers are believed to have broken in to the zoo and forced their way into an enclosure where three rhinos lived, reported Le Parisien. The white rhinoceros second horn had also been partially hacked off, indicating the perpetrators had run out of time or their equipment had failed.

They may have also planned to steal the horns of the two other white rhinos, five-year-old Bruno and 37-year-old Gracie. Both animals are said to be safe and healthy. RARE: Portraits of America's Endangered Species. Shocking Study Finds Lions are Nearly Extinct in West Africa. Physically and emotionally demanding.

Shocking Study Finds Lions are Nearly Extinct in West Africa

That’s how Philipp Henschel, Lion Program Survey Coordinator for the big-cat conservation organization Panthera, describes the six years he and other researchers spent combing the wilds of 17 nations looking for the elusive and rarely studied West African lion. The results of their quest were disheartening to say the least. Back in 2005, before the survey began, West African lions were believed to live in 21 different protected areas.

But now a paper about the survey, published today in PLoS One, confirms that lions actually exist in just four of those sites. Bontebok are Incredibly Handsome 'Extinct in the Wild' Creatures. Photo: Nico Smit photo: Ecoprint Habitat: South Africa & LesothoStatus: Least Concern.

Bontebok are Incredibly Handsome 'Extinct in the Wild' Creatures

World’s Smallest Porpoise Is on the Verge of Extinction. The world’s smallest and rarest porpoise, the vaquita, is on the verge of extinction.

World’s Smallest Porpoise Is on the Verge of Extinction

A mere 60 remain, the Mexican government announced Friday. Their numbers have dropped 40 percent in two years, down from 97 in 2014, due in large part for illegal fishing for another endangered species. The totoaba, a fish whose swim bladder is highly prized as a delicacy in Asia, is caught using prohibited gillnets. Those nets have holes that are just the right size to trap—and drown—vaquitas, too. Australian mammals on brink of extinction calamity. 10 February 2015Last updated at 07:58 ET By Helen Briggs Environment Correspondent The endangered northern quoll, a mammal species native to Australia Australia has lost one in ten of its native mammals species over the last 200 years in what conservationists describe as an "extinction calamity".

Australian mammals on brink of extinction calamity

No other nation has had such a high rate of loss of land mammals over this time period, according to scientists at Charles Darwin University, Australia. US gives approval for $350,000 rhino hunt sold at TX auction. AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A hunter who paid $350,000 last year at a Dallas auction for a license to hunt an endangered black rhino in Namibia will be able to bring home a trophy despite protests from animal rights groups that said the sale was immoral.

US gives approval for $350,000 rhino hunt sold at TX auction

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said on Thursday it had found that $550,000 in proceeds generated from two planned hunts in the southern African country will go to conservation and granted permits for them, including the one sold at the Texas auction. Animal protection groups said the decision sends the wrong message. "When the global community is working so hard to stop people from killing rhinos for their horns, we are giving a stamp of approval to a special class of privileged elite to kill these majestic animals as a head-hunting exercise," the Humane Society of the United States said in a statement on Thursday. But rhinos have come under a much greater threat than that of high-priced hunts. 10 Species You Can Kiss Goodbye. Jasmin Malik Chua | August 28, 2008 05:01am ET Think the polar bear has it bad?

10 Species You Can Kiss Goodbye

Here are 10 critters that are even worse off than our favorite threatened Arctic resident. Animals Back From the Brink. Record number of rhinos killed in South Africa in 2013. Top 10 Most Endangered Animals in the World. We all heard it: we need to save our Mother Earth. But despite this loud cry made by environmentalists and large animal rights organizations, there are still animals that are in danger of becoming extinct — forever. The general apathy of people is contributing to this fast disappearing of animals while greed is driving people to destroy the natural habitats of these animals.

This is the main purpose of this article, to increase the awareness of the readers how serious the situation is. If we do not act now, things will get worse before they get better. Top 10 Most Endangered Animals. The most endangered predator in Asia, the Dhole. Scottish Wildcat Association. Endangered Species Guide. Saola Caught in Asia. 16 September 2010Last updated at 14:59 By Katia Moskvitch Science reporter, BBC News There may only be a few dozen of Saola left in the wild An extremely rare animal known as the "Asian unicorn" - in spite of having two horns - has been caught by villagers in Laos.

Saola Caught in Asia

No biologist has ever reported seeing the rare Saola in the wild and there are none of them in captivity. The animal was discovered in the forests of South-East Asia as recently as 1992. There have only been a few photos of the Saola taken so far, by villagers and automatic camera traps. Iberian Lynx, Most Endangered Wild Cat. (ENDANGERED SPECIES) Hope for the world’s most endangered wild cat, the Iberian lynx, has arrived! For the first time, scientists have successfully collected and preserved the feline’s embryos which may help save the species. The cat’s declining population is in critical condition with less than 200 accounted for a decade ago. Scientists hope that by preserving the embryos, they may be able to use surrogate mothers from closely related species to boost the Iberian lynx population. Read more about the Iberian lynx and this scientific triumph. — Global Animal.

The Rate of Extinction: 3 Species per Hour. About 6 waves of massive extinction are known in the history of the Earth. The last one wiped out the dinosaur world 65 million years ago and was probably due to a meteorite collision. But the recent one has no natural causes. It is man made and rampant, eliminating three animal or plant species every hour. Scientists and environmentalists issued reports about threats to creatures and plants including right whales, Iberian lynxes, wild potatoes and even wild peanuts. Experts gathered on May 22, at the International Day for Biological Diversity, a report on the threatened species from whales and Iberian lynxes to wild potatoes and wild peanuts. The threats to the wildlife diversity vary from habitat loss due to land clearance for farms or cities, poaching, pollution and rising human populations to global warming.

Determination at all levels - global, national and local," he said. UE's goal is to stop biodiversity loss by 2010, not just to slow down the process. Amur leopard cub is born in Germany. The birth of an Amur leopard cub at Germany's Leipzig Zoo is huge news for her species, which is critically endangered. The cub, a female who hasn't yet been named, was born at the zoo in late June.

Amur leopards, native to eastern Russia, parts of China and the Korean Peninsula, have been driven nearly to extinction, primarily as a result of habitat loss and fragmentation. Rhino (once thought extinct) in Borneo. Endangered baby pygmy elephant rescued in Borneo. (ANIMAL NEWS) MALAYSIA — A baby pygmy elephant was rescued from a deep moat on Borneo Monday afternoon by plantation workers.