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10 Most Threatened Animal Species (Slideshow)

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10 Most Threatened Animal Species (Slideshow)

“We have an urgent window of opportunity in which to step up and pull back some of the world’s most splendid animals from the brink of extinction,” says Dr. Sybille Klenzendorf, WWF’s Managing Director of Species Conservation.

The world’s leading conservation organization, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has been working for over 45 years to help protect nature. At the end of last year they released their annual list, Ten to Watch in 2010, of some of the most threatened species around the world, saying that the long-term survival of many animals is increasingly in doubt due to a host of threats and calling for a step up in efforts to save some of the world’s most threatened animals.

WWF scientists say these, and many other species, are at greater risk than ever before because of habitat loss, poaching, and climate change-related threats. This year’s watch list includes five species directly impacted by climate change, as well as the monarch butterfly, the species at the center of an endangered biological phenomenon.

From the WWF website, here are the Ten to Watch in 2010:

Giant Panda
An international symbol of conservation since WWF’s founding in 1961, the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) which numbers less than 2500 in the wild, faces an uncertain future. Its forest habitat in the mountainous areas of southwest China has become fragmented, creating small and isolated populations. WWF has been active in giant panda conservation for nearly three decades, conducting field studies, working to protect habitats and, most recently, by providing assistance to the Chinese government in establishing a program to protect the panda and its habitat through the creation of reserves.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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2:19PM PDT on May 3, 2014

I'm just very sad :-((

7:31AM PDT on Jul 19, 2013

Very sad... I also prefer animals to humans.
I know It's a bold statement but I'm shown why over and over again.

10:08AM PDT on May 18, 2013

So sad.thanks for sharing

5:19PM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

thanks....

8:58AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

:-(

12:45AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

Truly saddening how such beautiful animals are in danger because of humanity.

7:07AM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Help WWF and protect these animals!

1:09PM PST on Nov 22, 2011

This is sad to note.

5:31PM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

thanks.

11:16PM PDT on May 27, 2011

Lets hope they're all around for much longer.

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