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

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17. Mountain Gorilla
> Estimated remaining population: 600 (decreasing)
> Main habitat/geography: Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda
> Scientific name: Gorilla beringei beringei.

Mountain gorillas live in forests at elevations of up to 13,000 feet. The animals have thicker fur, and more of it, compared with other great apes. Conservation efforts have improved the outlook for mountain gorillas, who have been under threat from human encroachment, farming and expansion of livestock, as well as poaching.

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Here’s what you can do about it

People are urged to help protect the gorillas by becoming involved in the WWF’s action center.

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18. Sumatran Elephant
> Estimated remaining population: 2,400-2,800 (decreasing)
> Main habitat/geography: Borneo and Sumatra
> Scientific name: Elephas maximus sumatranus

Sumatran elephants play a key role in the ecosystem, helping to create a healthy forest with a variety of plants by depositing seeds wherever they go. They are under threat from deforestation poaching. The Sumatran elephant’s numbers have fallen by 80% in fewer than 25 years.

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Here’s what you can do about it

People can sign a petition on the WWF website to stop wildlife crime. They can also symbolically adopt an elephant by making a donation on the WWF website.

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19. Sumatran Tiger
> Conservation status: 400-500 (decreasing)
> Geographic region: Sumatra
>Scientific name: Panthera tigris sumatrae

Sumatran tigers are the smallest tiger subspecies. The last of these animals inhabit forests sections of forests on Sumatra. Aggressive conservation efforts have been made to preserve these animals. However, poaching and deforestation remain threats to the Sumatran tiger.