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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 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. Chimpanzees. Endangered Birds. Gorillas. Orangutans. Rhinoceros. Sea Turtles. Snow Leopards. Tigers. First U.S. Bumblebee Officially Listed as Endangered. 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. Iberian Lynx, Most Endangered Wild Cat. (ENDANGERED SPECIES) Hope for the world’s most endangered wild cat, the Iberian lynx, has arrived!

Iberian Lynx, Most Endangered Wild Cat

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. Australian mammals on brink of extinction calamity. 10 February 2015Last updated at 07:58 ET By Helen Briggs Environment Correspondent.

Australian mammals on brink of extinction calamity

Adult and baby Gharials (BBC) Cats are going extinct: 12 most endangered feline species. Today, May 17th, is Endangered Species Day.

Cats are going extinct: 12 most endangered feline species

We are celebrating it by bringing attention to the diverse and beautiful felid species around the world that are in danger of becoming extinct. The following species are either currently listed as endangered or vulnerable. We hope that by learning about these amazing relatives of our well-loved domestic cats, readers will be encouraged to act to protect these species.

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. The most endangered predator in Asia, the Dhole. Scottish Wildcat Association. 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. The Saola - Pseudoryx nghetinhensis - is believed to inhabit the Annamite Mountains of Laos and Vietnam, and that is where villagers from Laos' central province of Bolikhamxay caught the unfortunate adult male earlier this August.

"False gharial, or tomistoma" by Fred Hood. 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. 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.

Amur leopard cub is born in Germany

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. In a period of less than 15 years during the 1970s and '80s, about 80% of its Russian habitat was lost.

Another issue facing the species is poaching, since their impressively patterned coats fetch high prices on the black market. Today, it's estimated that fewer than 40 Amur leopards remain in the wild in Russia, and an even smaller number are thought to remain in China. See more photos of the Leipzig Zoo's cub after the jump. RELATED CUTE CUBS: Your morning adorable: Clouded leopard cubs make their debut at Paris zoo Your morning adorable: Lion cubs get a checkup at Israeli zoo -- Lindsay Barnett. The Rate of Extinction: 3 Species per Hour. About 6 waves of massive extinction are known in the history of the Earth.

The Rate of Extinction: 3 Species per Hour

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. Przewalski's horse. Endangered Horse Birth Breakthrough. 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.

Endangered baby pygmy elephant rescued in Borneo

He is one of less than 2,000 pygmy elephants left living in the wild. Tiny animals are adorable, but sometimes they need our help. Read on for more on the rescue of this baby elephant, and how a proposed wildlife sanctuary is attempting to save this wild animal population. — Global Animal Pygmy elephants like this one are losing their natural habitat. Photo Credit: iStockphoto/Thinkstock.