As a species, we're slowly getting better at sharing the planet with the other species in it, thanks to a growing awareness of the effect we have on the ecosystem we live in. However, despite efforts, there are still animals that are facing the threat of extinction. The IUCN Redlist categorizes a critically endangered species as one that fits any of the following criteria: lives only in an area of less than 100 kilometers squared, shows a sharp decline (at least twenty-five percent in three years) in its population, or has a fifty percent chance of going extinct in the next ten years. Here are ten animals that are teetering on the brink of extinction, and what we're doing to try and stop it.
1 Franklin's Bumblebee (Bombus Franklini)
Native to Madagascar, Tarzan's Chameleon is currently in crisis. It's population has been split due to massive land clearance between their two known habitation sites, and the slash-and-burn agriculture and logging further endanger its habitat. Discovered only a few years ago, it was quickly added to the endangered species list thanks to its small (and shrinking) range of habitat. One fragment of their habitat yielded about sixty chameleons, so scientists remain hopeful that, despite challenges, the chameleons is capable of recovering. The IUCN redlist reports that one of the forests where it occurs is currently being set up as a protected area, but much more must be done to protect the species' survival.
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