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The Most Endangered Animals on the Planet — and Why They Remain Under Threat

Scientists are putting the blame squarely on human activity. 'Our global society has started to destroy species of other organisms at an accelerating rate,' the report says.

NEWSWEEK: ‘Scientists believe that the Earth is on the brink of another mass extinction… But this massive loss of organic diversity doesn’t come from flaming asteroids or raging volcanoes. Scientists are putting the blame squarely on human activity. “Our global society has started to destroy species of other organisms at an accelerating rate,” the report says. This is setting into motion a “mass extinction episode unparalleled for 65 million years”…

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) have put together a species directory, listing which species are critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable or near threatened. This slideshow collects the animals at the top of their list, that are most in danger of disappearing completely.

From a chubby-cheeked orangutan to a tiny pygmy elephant, the extinction of any of these creatures would be a massive loss to biodiversity. Some of these animals were discovered as late as the 1990s, and their disappearance could take many clues about evolution and biological history with them. Here are the most endangered animals on the planet—and why their existence is threatened’. SOURCE…

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