Endangered Species List 2017

January 26, 2017

Endangered Species List 2017

Although it can be depressing to see all of the wonderful animals that find their way onto an endangered list, it is important to stay up to date on this information so that you can be proactive in helping us win the fight against the destruction of animal lives. For anybody curious what the endangered species list 2017 has to offer us, we have highlighted 10 species which we care for immensely. These animals are ones that we are extremely passionate about and want to continue helping with our apparel that helps animals in need. 

The chart below displays the IUCN Red List conservation status. The Red List is considered the best worldwide ranking system and list of endangered animals and at risk animals. 

Extinct (EX)  No known individuals remaining
Extinct in the Wild (EW)  Known only to survive in captivity, or as a naturalized population outside its historic range
Critically Endangered (CR) Extremely high risk of extinction in the wild
Endangered (EN) High risk of extinction in the wild
Vulnerable (VU) High risk of endangerment in the wild
Near Threatened (NT)  Likely to become endangered in the near future
Least Concerned (LC) Lowest risk; does not qualify for a higher risk category

 

Bumblebee

Rusty Patched Bumble bee

The rusty patched bumble bee once inhabited the entire grassland region of the Midwestern and Eastern United States, and the southern border of Canada. Today, much of these grasslands have been lost or destroyed.

Scientific Name

Bombus affinis

Current Status

Endangered

This recent development has warranted a call to action for humanity to monitor their use of land, pesticides, and other harmful agents. These have not only had adverse effects on bumblebees, but also indirectly on the future survival of many plant species which depend on pollination provided by bees.

Giant Panda

Giant Panda Vulnerable Status

The fight for the survival of the Giant Panda will continue to rage on in 2017. Efforts have increasingly become more and more focused on supplying plenty of natural bamboo to habitat areas, which have started to have a great effect on the panda’s numbers.

Scientific Name

Ailuropoda melanoleuca

Current Status

Vulnerable 

A popular option to ensure that pandas don’t become extinct is to add them to a zoo and put them in an environment for breeding. However, resupplying bamboo has also proven to be effective. 

Asian Elephant

Asian Elephant Endangered Status

Slightly smaller than the African elephant (who is also threatened right now), the Asian elephant is slightly more at risk than its genetic twin for 2017. Habitat loss has become a major concern for their survival.

Scientific Name

Elephas maximus

Current Status

Endangered

Asian elephants thrive in the tropical regions of Asia, but have declined in number by over 50% in the past few generations. Population numbers are also threatened by poachers who are looking for their ivory tusks.

Lion

Lions Vulnerable Status

The king of jungle has recently been added to the endangered list. The reason for this is habitat loss, prey loss, and human aggression.

Scientific Name

Panthera leo

Current Status

Vulnerable

Since this is a new species added to the list, it is a good idea to consider chipping in to support the production and maintenance of lion sanctuaries. This animal is an iconic species of our planet, and we simply cannot afford to lose it.

Sea Turtle

Sea Turtle Vulnerable Status

These amazing creatures are among the oldest species to inhabit our planet, tracing back over 100 million years. Today, their very existence is under threat due to human aggression and habitat loss.

Scientific Name

Caretta caretta

Current Status

Vulnerable 

 Sea turtles are important actors in the balance of the Earth’s marine ecosystem. They help ensure the survival of grass beds and coral reefs, which accordingly ensure the survival of other marine animals.

 The eggs, shell, and meat of these creatures are particularly sought after. If we work together now, we can make sure that we don’t lose one of Earth’s most ancient species.

Koala

Koala Threatened status

One of nature’s most huggable animals has shrunk from over 1 million to a few hundred thousand in the past few decades. The reason for this decline is poaching, habitat loss, and dog predators. 

Koalas have a highly-evolved sense of smell, and have individual fingerprints just like humans. If we act now, we can ensure that koalas have plenty of sanctuary space.

Scientific Name

Phascolarctos cinereus

Current Status

Threatened

 

Rhinoceros

Rhino Vulnerable Status

The rhino was dangerously close to extinction only a couple decades ago. Since then, their numbers have risen from roughly 600 to about 2,400 in 2002. 

Scientific Name

Rhinoceros unicornis

Current Status

Vulnerable 

 The horn of the rhino is particularly sought after by poachers, and habitat destruction is another key reason for their decline. Although their numbers are starting to increase, they are still within striking distance of extinction.

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale Endangered Status

Famous for their singing talent worldwide, the humpback whale continues their fight for survival in 2017. Although efforts have led to an increase in their numbers in some regions, there are still many populations of humpback whales that are threatened across the globe. 

Scientific Name

Megaptera novaeangliae

Current Status

Endangered*

Commercial whaling regulations have been helpful in protecting these creatures, but we will need to continue our action worldwide to unilaterally provide a proper protection plan for these animals. 

*The data is mixed for humpback whales, currently listed as least concerned status, but a few smaller species are still considered Endangered or Vulnerable. 

Jaguar

jaguar near threatened status

Scientific Name

Panthera onca

Current Status

Near Threatened

What used to be a thriving predator in the tropical regions of Central and South America has turned out to be endangered species. If a jaguar is spotted in the United States it is the result of migration and doesn’t necessarily mean their numbers have risen above endangered levels.

The jaguar has been struggling for survival since the 70s, and now is as good a time as any to ensure that we get to see these wonderful creatures for generations come. 

Tiger

Tiger Endangered Status

Estimations conclude that there are now less than 4,000 tigers left in the wild. The reason for this is because tigers have lost more than 90% of their historical territory to human developmental activities.

Scientific Name

Panthera tigris

Current Status

Endangered

If we want to continue seeing tigers in the wild, and not just in zoos, we need to stand together to protect these animals. It would be sad if we have to tell stories and legends about this iconic creature in the future, rather than simply just protecting it now.

What Can we do to Save These Animals?

There are many organizations worldwide that are working everyday to come up with plans of action to protect these animals. However, funds are limited, which is why there are charity organizations which will donate profits to wildlife sanctuaries to ensure the survival of these species. Endangered Apparel has made it our mission to shorten the list of endangered species and with our apparel we are starting to help some great animal sanctuaries. 20% of profit from our apparel is donated directly to animal sanctuaries.

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If you would like to learn more about all of the species that are endangered, be sure to check out the full Endangered Species list for 2017 and the IUCN database.