There are many animals that are on the endangered species list- which means that most likely without human intervention these precious animals may become extinct. There are hundreds of animals that are in jeopardy of becoming extinct, but through public education, habitat preservation, captive breeding and other conservation efforts, these amazing animal species are given the chance to regrow their population. Keep reading to find out more about some of the most endangered species around the world.

1. Bornean Orangutan

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The Bornean orangutan is a super cute animal that is on the brink of extinction due to palm oil plantations and logging, which has destroyed the natural habitat that they live in. Bornean orangutans are native to the island of Borneo. Bornean orangutans live in tropical and subtropical forests and will move a large distance to find fruit-bearing trees. The number of orangutans in the wild is also declining because of the exotic pet trade and hunting. The word ‘orangutan’ means “person of the forest” in Malaysian. Orangutans share approximately 97% of their DNA with humans and can even use tools. They are extremely smart and have sophisticated cognitive abilities.

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Orangutans live in solidarity or groups of less than three members, which makes tracking and studying them difficult. A number of Bornean orangutans left in the wild is less than 60,000- making it a critically endangered species. There are many conservation efforts taking place to prevent the Bornean orangutan from going extinct including the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation and Orangutan Foundation International. These foundations help to rescue and rehabilitate orangutans and conserve their fast-disappearing habitat. You can learn more about the Bornean orangutan and what is being done to save them at worldwildlife.org.


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