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10 Most Threatened Animal Species (Slideshow)

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Tiger
New studies indicate that there may be as few as 3,200 tigers (Panthera tigris) left in the wild. Tigers occupy less than seven percent of their original range, which has decreased by 40 percent over the past ten years. Accelerating deforestation and rampant poaching could push some tiger populations to the same fate as its now-extinct Javan and Balinese relatives in other parts of Asia. Tigers are poached for their body parts, which are used in traditional Chinese medicine, while skins are also highly prized. Additionally, sea level rise, due to climate change, threatens the mangrove habitat of a key tiger population in Bangladesh’s and India’s Sundarbans. The upcoming Year of the Tiger, 2010, will mark an important year for conservation efforts to save wild tigers, with WWF continuing to play a vital role in implementing bold new strategies to save this magnificent Asian big cat.

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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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7:50PM PST on Jan 21, 2015

So sad that is why alot of the zoos are trying to help these animals breed, so they won't be extint

1:30PM PST on Jan 16, 2015

Thank you

3:53AM PST on Jan 10, 2015

If the trend isn't stopped, the next victims are the human

4:47AM PST on Jan 9, 2015

This is outrageous (but I'm relieved that anteaters are not on the list).

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.

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