10 Living, Breathing Wonders Of The World That Are (Thankfully) Still Living And Breathing

Usually, hearing about endangered animals is totally depressing because poaching, pollution, destroyed forests, and dying animals are massive bummers. But hope isn't lost — here are 10 cases that prove it.

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10 Animals Saved From Extinction

10. Siberian Tiger

The biggest cats on Earth, weighing 300kg: the same as 2 sumo wrestlers.

Their numbers fell to 40 in the 1940's but are now around 450.

09. Gray Whale

Nearly hunted to extinction in the 19th century. Since 1947 numbers have recovered to 23,000.

Humans and killer whales are their only predators.

08. Bermuda Petrel

Thought to be extinct for 300 years until 18 nesting pairs were found in 1951.

There are approximately 250 of these birds alive today.

07. Mountain Gorilla

Predicted to be extinct by the year 2000 due to habitat destruction.

Conservation & population management have seen numbers rise to 750 today.

06. North American Bison

Between 1800 & 1900 numbers fell from 40 million to under 1000 due to hunting.

Bred commercially, they now number 500,000, with only 20,000 living in the wild.

05. Takhi

Considered to be the only wild horse in the world, in 1945 there were only 12 breeding takhi.

Breeding programs have raised numbers to over 600 across 16 countries.

04. Golden Lion Tamarin

Brazilian monkey that commonly gives birth to twins.

30 years ago there were only 200 left due to deforestation but around 1000 live in the wild today.

03. Southern White Rhino

The early 20th century saw only 75 southern whites in existence, due to poaching.

A protected species, the population has since risen to over 16,000.

02. Tu Long Alligator

Tu Long means 'muddy dragon' in Chinese & it is now one of only 2 alligator species in the world.

Fewer than 200 exist in the wild, with a few thousand in captivity.

01. Bald Eagle.

There were only 417 nesting pairs in the USA in 1960.

Banning hunting & the DDT pesticide helped to recover the population to around 100,000.

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Top 5: Most Endangered Animals

5) Greater Bamboo Lemur

Population: Around 100

This lemur was thought to be extinct...

...until a small group were found in 1986.

The most recent count found 60 lemurs...

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Original by Alltime 10s. For more, check out the World Wildlife Fund's list of endangered species and explainers of wildlife threats. Thumbnail image by Mark Dumont, used under Creative Commons license.

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