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

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6. Asian Giant Tortoise
> Estimated remaining population: Unknown (decreasing)
> Main habitat/geography: Malaysia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, India,Thailand
> Scientific name: Manouria emys

The Asian giant tortoise lives in several countries in Southeast Asia. The tortoises live in moist tropical forests with temperature preferably between 55 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes them vulnerable to droughts. The tortoise has become critically endangered because it is being hunted for food and folk medicine and because of habitat destruction.

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Here’s what you can do about it

Concerned people can donate to the Turtle Survival Alliance in Charleston, South Carolina. This organization has partnered with the Creative Conservation Alliance and the Bangladesh Forest Department, which have succeeded in captive reproduction of the animal in Bangladesh and the hatchlings are being cared for at the CCA’s Turtle Conservation Center in Bangladesh.

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7. La Planada Poison Frog
> Estimated remaining population: Unknown (decreasing)
> Main habitat/geography: Colombia
> Scientific name: Ameerega andina

The la planada poison frog’s natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist forests and rivers. Threats to the frog include deforestation and droughts, which are reducing its natural habitat.

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Here’s what you can do about it

Exert pressure on American elected officials to press Colombia to reduce deforestation efforts.

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8. Degranville’s Rocket Frog
> Estimated remaining population: Up to 49 (decreasing)
> Main habitat/geography: French Guiana
> Scientific name: Anomaloglossus degranvillei

The IUCN changed the Degranville’s rocket frog classification this year to critically endangered from least concern in 2018. The rocket frog is named after botanist Jean-Jacques de Granville. Energy production, illegal gold mining, and climate change are the biggest threats to the frog.