10 Most Endangered Animals in Africa

African Penguin

There are many endangered animals in Africa today, and the reason for the many  decreasing number of such African animals ranges from poaching and loss of habitat and a host of other human factor that comes in the form of deforestation and displacement have contributed to these animals in Africa facing a very high risk of extinction. Displacement can destroy a species quicker than so many other disturbing factors. In a bid to conserve the threatened animal species, many nations have implemented laws offering protection to conservation reliant species. Untamed human factor has resulted in quite a lot of endangered animals in Africa and among the most affected include the list below.

List of Endangered African Animals

10. African Elephant

Elephants

The African elephant is among the most endangered animals in Africa. There are approximately a little over 600,000 African elephants accounted for , they are on the endangered animals list due to poaching and loss of habitat which nearly pushed these animals to the point of extinction. The African elephant, aka- Savanna Elephant, is the largest living terrestrial mammal in the world. They usually travel in groups or family units and they live off of a diet of shrubs, fruits, branches, shoots and leaves.

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9. African Penguin

African Penguin

There are a little less than 72,000 African Penguins living today. The decreasing numbers are due to commercial fisheries, penguins getting caught up in nets, and oil spills. The African Penguin, aka- black-footed penguin, and jackass penguin, is the only penguin that breeds in Africa. These penguins diet on anchovies and sardines. A fully grown African penguin stands two feet above the ground and are highly social without difficulty in engaging with other creatures and human beings alike.

8. African Lion

Lion

There are a little over 22,000 African Lions accounted for and their numbers have dwindled due to poisonings, hunting and loss of habitat. The African Lion, aka- “King of the Beast”, is a very social animal. The female lions congregate in prides and the men form coalitions. The females do most of the hunting at night to avoid disturbance from other animals.

7. Cheetah

Cheetah

Nearly 14,000 Cheetah’s exist today as a result of loss habitat and human interference. The Cheetah is known as the fastest land mammal in the world and can achieve blazing speeds of up to 113km/hr accelerating from 0 to 100km/h in just 3 seconds. They are very social, and the male cheetahs form groups while the females remain loners. The cheetah hunts for their prey during the day time hours.

6. Black Rhinoceros

Black Rhino

There are only a little over 3500 black rhino’s accounted for today, this staggering number is due to poaching of these wonderful animals for their horns. The Black rhinoceros is a solitary loner, they do not usually travel in groups. They dine on twigs, plants and herbs and bathe in the water and mud to stay cool during the summer months. The African western black rhino was officially declared extinct in 2011 after a review of plants and animals by the world’s largest conservation network. The subspecies of the black rhino — which is classified as “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species — was last seen in western Africa in 2006.