Are you interested to know about the different endangered mammals? If yes, then here is some quick information on the most endangered mammals.

Endangered Mammals

Mammals are warm-blooded vertebrates having their skin covered with hair. Mammals are characterized by the presence of mammary glands that produce milk in the females for the nourishment of the offspring. However, rapid urbanization, cutting down of forest, poaching, and other such human activities have dwindled the habitats of most group of animals including the mammals. In India alone, there are 410 species of mammals out of which nearly 89 species are listed as threatened in the list prepared by the “International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources” (IUCN). Starting from large mammals like rhinos, tigers, and elephants to small mammals like bats, squirrels, civets, and shrews all of these species of mammals are threatened by direct or indirect human activities and are on the verge of extinction. As actual population counts or estimates are not available for many of these species, this article tries to give a rough idea about the common endangered mammals around the world. If you wish to know more about the different endangered mammals, then read through this article.
The Most Endangered Mammals
Right Whale
The right whale has been identified as one of the most endangered mammals. The population of this species has decreased significantly over the years. Today, only two hundred and fifty right whales are present, their population being dwindled by twenty percent within two generations.
African And Asian Elephants
The African and Asian elephants are also one of the most endangered species of mammals today. The Asian tuskers are mostly threatened due to illegal human activities like poaching and hunting for the ivory and the tusk of the elephant.
Blue Whale
Blue whale, the largest mammal ever known, is another endangered mammal today. Its population has been decreased by almost fifty percent over the last three generations due to exploitation by hunters and water pollution including oil spill.
List Of Other Endangered Mammals
  • Bengal Fox (Vulpes bengalensis)
  • Gaur (Bos gaurus)
  • Goral (Nemorhaedus goral)
  • Himalayan Marten (Martes flavigula)
  • Ganges River Dolphin (Platanista gangetica)
  • Golden Langur (Trachypithecus geei)
  • Brow-antlered Deer (Cervus eldi eldi)
  • Brown Bear (Ursus arctos)
  • Himalayan Musk Deer (Moschus chrysogaster)
  • Asiatic Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus venaticus)
  • Indian Wild Ass or Khur (Equus hemionus khur)
  • Asiatic Wild Dog/ Dhole (Cuon alpinus)
  • Asiatic Black Bear (Selenarctos thibetanus)
  • Jerdon's Palm Civet (Paradoxurus jerdoni)
  • Clawless Otter (Amblonyx cinereus)
  • Clouded Leopard (Neofelis nebulosa)
  • Indian Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis)
  • Grey Wolf/ Indian Wolf (Canis lupus)
  • Himalayan W-toothed Shrew (Crocidura attenuate)
  • Hispid Hare (Caprolagus hispidus)
  • Hoolock Gibbon (Hylobates hoolock)
  • Pygmy Hog (Sus salvanius)
  • Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes montana)
  • Rusty-spotted Cat (Prionailurus rubiginosa)
  • Serow (Nemorhaedus sumatraensis)
  • Swamp Deer/ Barasingha (Cervus duvauceli duvauceli)
  • Takin (Budorcas taxicolor)
  • Tibetan Wild Ass (Equus hemionus kiang)
  • Tiger (Panthera tigris)
  • Nayan (Ovis ammon hodgsoni)
  • Asiatic Golden Cat (Felis temmincki)
  • Asiatic Lion (Panthera leo persica)
  • Malabar Civet (Viverra civettina)
  • Nilgiri Langur (Presbytis johni)
  • Nilgiri Marten (Martes gwatkinsi)
  • Indian Wild Ass (Equus hemionus khur)
  • Jackal (Canis aureus)
  • Snow Leopard (Uncia uncia)
  • Stump-tailed Macaque (Macaca arctoides)
  • Banteng (Bos javanicus)
  • Lesser Panda (Ailurus fulgens)
  • Lion-tailed Macaque (Macaca silenus)
  • Sloth Bear (Melursus ursinus )
  • Smooth Indian Otter (Lutrogale perspicillata)
  • Marbled Cat (Felis marmorata)
  • Markhor (Capra falconeri)
  • Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragus hylocrius)
  • Leopard (Panthera pardus)

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