Top 10 Most Endangered African Wildlife

Africa is home to lots of endangered and almost extinct animals and wildlife. This  list attempts to give a quick overview of where in Africa you can see these rare wild endangered animals and how many of them are alive in the wild. The source of information is from the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 
Hopefully, after reading, You and I would work to prevent this critically endangered animals in Africa‘s wild from extinction. Enjoy the ride.

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The 10 Most Endangered Animals in Africa

1.Riverine Rabbit

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Critically Endangered since 2003, The Riverine Rabbit is South Africa’s most endangered wildlife species and also one of the most Endangered mammal in the world. The Riverine Rabbit is one of the world’s rarest and most endangered mammals. Currently the Riverine Rabbit population is around 250, They can only be found around rivers in the Karoo areas of  South Africa.

2.Ethiopian Wolf

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The Ethiopian Wolf also known as the Simean Fox is  the most endangered Carnivore in Africa. Formerly listed aas Critically endangered until 2004 when it was reclassified as Endangered. They are about 500 of them still found in the wild. Major endangering factor Are Rabies infection and Human Influences. The Ethiopian Wolf .is Easily found around the Ethiopian Highlands.

3.Black Rhino

The Black Rhinocerus was classified as endangered in 1994. As at 2010.the population of the Black Rhino was fixed at 4880. The Black Rhino can be found in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Malawi, Swaziland and Zambia.

4.Grevy’s Zebra

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The largest and most endangered African Zebra specie is the Grevy’s Zebra.Lined with White and Back Stripes, there are about 2000 grevy’s Zebra still in existence.The major endangering factor they face is sickness and human hunting as meat and sports. mind you if not for the zebras, they would be no Zebra Crossing! The Grevy’s Zebra calls Southern Ethiopia and Northern Kenya home.


5.African Wild Dog

The African wild Dog has been Endangered since 1990.Found in Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Zambia, the Afican Wild Dog is  number 5 on Top 10 Endangered African Wildlife.

6.Mountain Gorillas

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The Cross River Gorilla, a subspecies of Western Gorillas, is the world’s most endangered gorilla, with only about 250-300 individuals found in the highlands of Cameroon and Nigeria. jointly  there are about 800 Africa Gorillas found in the Wild.

7.Rothschild’s Giraffe

The tallest land animal in the  world is the Rothschild Giraffe and one of the most threatened species of Giraffe.they are about 650 Rothschild Giraffe still alive and they can be found in parks in Kenya and Uganda.

8.African Chimpanzee

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Chimpanzees are only found in Africa. they are believed to be man’s closest relations genetically as they hv 98% resemblance to the Human Genome. There are still about 150,000 Chimpanzees in the eild although in some countries ,Chimps are extinct. such countries include Gambia, Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo.

9.African Penguin

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There is only one specie of penguin in Africa and that specie is called theAfrican penguin. Fast dwindling in numbers, the African Penguin is found in south Africa and Namibia. between 1994 and 2005 over 40,000 penguins died due to oil spillage.

10.Northern White Rhino

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There’s no better definition or example of an African Endangered Animal than the Northern White Rhino. The Northern White Rhino is at the brink of Extinction! The fact is by the Next 10 years this species of Rhino would have died out. unless a stock of new Northern White Rhino are found elsewhere. Currently There is only 1 male Northern White Rhino in the world and 3 females. and they can be found in Kenya where they are being kept under 24hours armed surveillance.


The top 10 Endangered African Wildlife is not an exhaustive list ofendangered African animals. 
other notable mention include the Addax,Pygmy Hippopotamus,cheetah, lion, African elephant,pangolin etc. 


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