It’s tricky to estimate, but there’s roughly 8.7 million species on the planet (give or take 1.3 million) – roughly 6.5 million on land, and 2.2 million in oceans! Now that’s a lot of species! Here we’ve listed the rarest species that are currently marked as critically endangered, you’ve got to see them before they’re gone!
19.Yangtze Finless Porpoise
The Yangtze Finless Porpoise lives in the longest river in Asia, the Yangtze River. There’s around 1000-1800 left and they grow up to a hefty 6.2 feet long!
18. Western Lowland Gorilla
Western lowland gorillas live in the heavy rain forests in central Africa, so it’s difficult for scientists to accurately estimate how many exist. This one is the most common you’ll find in zoos, despite it’s size, it’s the smallest subspecies of gorilla!
17. Sumatran Tiger
The Sumatran Tiger is found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra off the Malaysian Peninsula and there’s roughly 400 that exist today! They live in almost any location from lowland forest to mountain forests as well as evergreen, swamp and tropical rainforests. Like the Western Lowland Gorilla, their smallest tiger subspecies!
16. Sumatran Rhino
The Sumatran Rhino lives in Sumatra and Borneo surrounding Singapore, like the Sumatran Tiger, they’re the smallest of the living rhinoceroses. It’s the closest relative to the extinct woolly rhinos that exists today – you can tell as they’re covered in long hair!
15. Sumatran Orangutan
The Sumatran orangutan is almost exclusively living among the trees of tropical rainforests. Females almost never spend time on the ground and adult males do so rarely. Did you know?! The name “orangutan” comes from the Malay and Indonesian words orang meaning “person” and hutan meaning “forest” so a translation is – “person of the forest”