Since we don’t encounter these animals in our everyday lives, we don’t realise that they’re in danger. Educate yourself on these animal populations and try to do what you can to help.
This small porpoise is found only in the northern Gulf of California, and one reason you may have never heard of the vaquita is that it is the rarest marine animal in the world; only 10 of them remain. With such a low population, this species could easily become extinct in your lifetime. These animals often get stuck and die in fishing nets as a result of illegal or poor fishing techniques. A large part of the conservation effort is to quickly improve harmful fishing techniques.
Also known as the Far Eastern leopard, this Russian cat is dangerously close to extinction – about 20-40 remain. Like many beautiful wild cats, the Amur Leopard is being poached for commercial reasons. Poachers are also taking the Amur’s prey, severely limiting their food supply and contributing to the dwindling numbers. This is why the Amur leopard takes the title as the rarest wild cat on Earth.