Africa’s Most Endangered Animal Species

by safari-partners

Africa is a continent much appreciated for its abundant wildlife and its deep jungles and deserts where few humans ever dare to adventure. But despite the foundation of more and more national parks and the increasing tourism and awareness in what concerns Africa’s amazing biodiversity, humans continue to harm the African nature. Pollution, global warming and, most of all, poachers are killing animals every day, to the extent that many African species are now heavily endangered. If people don’t act fast and don’t help preserve these animals, it might be that our children will only be able to see a cheetah in a zoo. This is why it’s essential to recognize and protect Africa’s most endangered animal species:

Cheetah

This elegant feline is a true record holder in terms of running: it can easily sprint through the tall grass of the savannah at over100km/h, which makes it the fastest being on land. The cheetah is a fierce predator, but it relies more on speed than power, which is why it feeds mainly on herbivores such as antelopes. Today, due to hunting but also natural causes like birth defects, the cheetah population is rapidly shrinking – countries like South Africa, Kenya and Botswana where the cheetah still lives are doing their best to preserve this amazing animal.

Aye-aye

by frank vassen

The aye-aye is one of the rarest but also interesting animals on earth. A species of the lemur family, the aye-aye lives where most lemurs live, which is the island of Madagascar. Tropical forests represent the usual aye-aye habitat. But massive deforestations in Madagascar are now putting the whole species in danger.

Chimpanzee

Chimpanzees are highly intelligent animals, and are often regarded by scientists as the humans’ closest relative. Chimpanzees have been the subjects of numerous research studies and thus brought important contributions in medicine, anthropology, psychology and even rocket science. Unfortunately, this didn’t help the species prosper, so now chimps are among Africa’s most endangered animal species.

Western lowland gorilla

Just like its relative the chimp, the lowland gorilla will soon cease to exist as a species if serious preservation measures are not adopted in time. The biggest enemy for this strong and smart animal is man: people destroy the forests and hunt down the gorillas, which are appreciated for their meat but can also mean big money if sold illegally to circuses or research labs.

Black rhinoceros

by africaforce

The rhinoceros horn has been a highly priced asset since Antiquity, and also the reason why the black rhinoceros population in Africa is now reduced to about a couple of thousand individuals. Poaching is the main cause behind rhinoceros high mortality rate – a single horn can be sold for thousands of dollars so stopping the killers is very hard, if not impossible. It is estimated that a rhino dies almost every day so poachers can sell its horn on the black market.

 

 

 

 

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