The senseless human greed has resulted to the extinction of so many animals, birds, amphibians and insects among others in the world. They are encroaching into the animal habitats bringing up industries and cities without a second thought of how the helpless animals will survive after they accomplish their vested interests. Besides that, some are poached for their skins, meat, horns and so on. Some of those that are now extinct include quagga, cape serval, Tasmanian tigers, etc.
Here are four great animals who are at the brink of becoming extinct.
The northern white rhino
There are only four of the Northern White Rhinos in the world today. Three of the rhinos are in Ol-Pajeta Conservancy in Kenya and one in a zoo in San Diego Zoo. The northern white rhino has been hunted to the brink of extinction for its horn, fueled by the belief in Asia that it cures various illnesses. The highly prized horn is made of keratin, the same material that makes up human hair and fingernails.
Amur Leopards are found in the Russian Far East. As of 2015, fewer than 60 individuals are estimated to survive in Russia and China. They have been poached for their beautiful skin and craws.
Tigers are the largest in the big cat family. They are mostly found in Asia and some parts of Europe. Slightly over 3000 tigers are roaming the wild in the entire world today. Three subspecies are already extinct and the other six are all facing the same danger. Poaching is one major factor and destruction of their habitat by deforestation is the other.
Saiga Antelopes are found in Russia, Kazakhstan and western Mongolia. Some Kazakhstan herds migrate to Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan during the winter. In the 1950s their population was more than 2 million compared to today’s slightly above 40,000. The saiga is one of the most rapidly declining mammals in the world due to poaching. The male antelopes are hunted for their horns which is believed to have some medicinal value in the Far East.