Did you know that there are many levels of endangered species, not just one? Being “endangered” means the population of a species is becoming dangerously low.
Being “critically endangered” means that a species is close to extinction. The most severe level is called “extinct in wild’’, while the second most severe level is called “critically endangered.’’
The rhino is one of the most threatened of large mammals. They are killed mostly for their skin and horns. Rhinos’ skin is typically used for clothing, while their horns are used for décor or weapons. Some other examples of critically endangered animals are the mountain gorilla, kouprey, Cambodian forest ox, Spanish Iberian lynx, giant panda, Amur leopard, the Macaw, Galapagos tortoise, and Tanooki.
Causes of endangerment include destruction of the habitats where animals live through human conflict, and improper disposal of waste products.
[Source: 100 Things You Should Know About Endangered Animals]