1. Pileated Gibbons
Numbers in the wild: ~32,000.
2. Mexican Axolotls
Numbers in the wild: Fewer than 1,200.
3. Black-Footed Ferrets
Numbers in the wild: ~1,000.
4. Amur Leopards
Numbers in the wild: 19 to 26.
5. Pygmy Hippos
Numbers in the wild: A few thousand. Breeds well in zoos, however.
6. Sand Cats
Numbers in the wild: No estimates available because of difficulty to study and habitation in vast, arid locations. Went extinct in Israel, but a litter of four kittens were born at the Zoological Center of Tel Aviv recently.
7. Egyptian Tortoises
Numbers in the wild: ~7,500.
8. Sea Otters
Numbers in the wild: 2,792 in California.
9. Slow Lorises
Numbers in the wild: Endangered status varies by country, but according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature most populations are declining.
10. Fennec Foxes
Numbers in the wild: Not endangered… yet. Conservationists feel that the species may soon be threatened as they are intensively hunted.
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