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

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Here’s what you can do about it

The IUCN recommends captive breeding for the toad as well as protection of higher elevation forest habitats in western Cameroon.

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15. Whitefin Swellshark
> Estimated remaining population: Unknown (decreasing)
> Main habitat/geography: Australia
> Scientific name: Cephaloscyllium albipinnum

The whitefin swellshark, found in Australia, is on the brink of extinction. Its status has changed this year to critically endangered. Humans hunt the whitefin swellshark for their fins.

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Here’s what you can do about it

There are general efforts in Australia to preserve shark populations, but there are no specific actions to protect the whitefin swellshark species. Those concerned about the future of the whitefin swellshark can write to the Humane Society International and the Australian Marine Conservation Society conservation groups to find out more about this shark.

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16. Malayan Tiger
> Estimated remaining population: 80-120 (decreasing)
> Main habitat/geography: Malay Peninsula and Thailand
> Scientific name: Panthera tigris ssp. Jacksoni.

Protecting the beautiful Malayan tiger’s habitat helps shield other species such as Asian elephants and mainland clouded leopards. Tigers are threatened by habitat loss and conversion of forests to farms.

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Here’s what you can do about it

The World Wildlife Fund is leading an effort to reduce tiger-human encounters by advocating better livestock management. The WWF urges people to write to members of Congress to ensure laws are enforced to protect tigers from illegal wildlife trade.