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10 Most Threatened Animal Species (Slideshow)

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Javan Rhinoceros
Listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List (2009), the Javan rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus) is considered the most endangered large mammal in the world with only two populations known to exist in the wild, for a total number of less than 60 animals. Highly prized as a commodity in traditional Chinese medicine, Javan rhinos have also been brought to the verge of extinction by the conversion of forest habitat to farmland. WWF has been involved in protection and conservation of the Javan rhino since 1998, supporting forest rangers to undertake increased patrolling and protection activities, conducting surveys of the rhino population, raising awareness of the importance of the rhinos to local communities, and supporting park management. Last month, using highly trained sniffer dogs, WWF found traces of the extremely rare and endangered Vietnamese Javan Rhinoceros, of which no more than a dozen are thought to exist.

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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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