These Wild Animals Are Disappearing at an Alarming Rate — Here’s What You Can Do About It

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1. Roloway Monkey
> Estimated remaining population: Unknown (decreasing)
> Main habitat/geography: Ivory Coast, Ghana
> Scientific name: Cercopithecus roloway

Native to Ghana, the roloway monkey status changed from endangered a year ago to critically endangered in 2019. The monkeys are found in the country’s undisturbed forests and cannot adapt well to habitat changes. Ghana has lost 80% of its forested land over the last century, and there has been a decline in the population of the monkeys. The roloway monkeys are also hunted for bushmeat.

Source: Courtesy of Institute for Wildlife Studies

Here’s what you can do about it

The Institute for Wildlife Studies in Arcata, California, a nonprofit organization, has conducted field studies of the endangered animal in Ghana. You can volunteer or provide support in other way.

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2. Three-Striped Roofed Turtle
> Estimated remaining population: Unknown (decreasing)
> Main habitat/geography: Northern India, Bangladesh
> Scientific name: Batagur dhongoka

The critically endangered three-striped roofed turtle lives in wetlands in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal. The turtle is facing overharvesting and habitat loss caused by pollution from urban waste water as well as water-extraction for agricultural projects and human consumption.

Source: Courtesy of Turtle Survival Alliance

Here’s what you can do about it

People can make donations to the TSA/Centre for Wildlife Studies India Turtle Conservation Program, which has been focused on conserving this species in India’s Chambal River since 2006.

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3. Burmese Roofed Turtle
> Estimated remaining population: 10 (decreasing)
> Main habitat/geography: Myanmar
> Scientific name: Batagur trivittata

This turtle species is among the world’s most endangered and is classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as critically endangered. Only one wild population has been known to remain as of 2017 — in Myanmar. There are only 10 mature (breeding) individuals left in the world, according to the IUCN. The turtles are critically endangered because of overfishing and harvesting of their aquatic resources.