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What are India's Most Endangered Species

By Sara . Updated: January 16, 2017
What are India's Most Endangered Species

India is the homeland of a wide variety of wildlife creatures some of whom are either critically endangered or on the verge of extinction. Pollution, hunting, human interference, loss of habitat, etc; are some of the main reasons for the rapid decline in the number of these wildlife creatures. Here is a list of India’s most endangered species.

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Tiger

The whole of Asia was once the homeland of tigers but excessive poaching has now brought them on the verge of extinction. There is only 1411 Royal Bengal Tigers left in India. The Royal Bengal Tiger can only be found in Sunderban, West Bengal. Other places where tigers can be seen is Pench, Kanha and Bandavgarh of Madhya Pradesh; Corbett National Park in north India; and Ranthambhore National Park in Rajasthan.

What are India's Most Endangered Species - Tiger

Asiatic Lion

The Asiatic Lion also known as Indian Lion has become such an endangered species that it can only be found in the Gir National Park and Sanctuary in Gujarat. It had became the residence of around 400 lions and the population is steadily increasing. They are highly social animals due and therefore live in small groups.

What are India's Most Endangered Species - Asiatic Lion

Ganges River Dolphin

Primarily found in the Ganga and Brahmaputra Rivers and their tributaries in India, Bangladesh and Nepal, the Ganges River Dolphin is now an endangered species. It has been recognized as a National Aquatic Animal by the Government of India. The main risk on the life of these creatures is the contaminated water and fishing nets on rivers and dams.

What are India's Most Endangered Species - Ganges River Dolphin

Indian Rhinoceros

Indian Rhinoceros are mainly be found in the Kaziranga National Park in Assam. These large herbivorous animals are highly threatened due to poaching for its horns and habitat loss. The smallest member of the rhinoceros family is the Sumatran Rhino which is now a critically endangered species.

What are India's Most Endangered Species - Indian Rhinoceros

Snow Leopard

The Snow Leopard is a secretive cat which can rarely be seen in the wild. Only 200-600 snow leopards are left in India. It is found in Hemis National Park in east Ladakh, Nanda Devi National Park and Valley of Flowers National Park in Uttarakhand which has been declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. It can also be found in Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary near Anini.

What are India's Most Endangered Species - Snow Leopard

Ganges Shark

Native to the Ganges river of India, the Ganges Shark has wide rounded and small eyes. These shark species are gray-brownish in colour and do not have the marked pattern. The Ganges Shark is classified as highly endangered species by the IUCN. Fishing and hunting of Ganges Shark is bringing its number to the verge of extinction.

What are India's Most Endangered Species - Ganges Shark

Wild Water Buffalo

Also known as Asian Buffalo, the Wild Water Buffalo is a highly endangered species. Only 4,000 Wild Water Buffaloes are left in the wild among which 3,100 live in Assam, India.

What are India's Most Endangered Species - Wild Water Buffalo

Kashmir Red Stag

The Kashmir Red stag, which is also known as Hangul, is the state animal of Jammu & Kashmir. Only 300 Hangul are found in the wild as its habitat is threatened by destruction. It is found in Dachigam National Park in Jammu & Kashmir and in northern Chamba region of Himachal Pradesh.

What are India's Most Endangered Species - Kashmir Red Stag

Hawksbill Sea Turtle

The Hawksbill Sea Turtle is a critically endangered species and is found in the Atlantic and indo-pacific regions. Its shell changes colour when difference in water temperature occurs. Mainly found in shallow lagoons and coral reefs; their number is reducing due to fishing practices in those regions.

What are India's Most Endangered Species - Hawksbill Sea Turtle

Woolly Flying Squirrel

The Woolly flying squirrel is a massive gliding animal that glides efficiently like any other flying squirrel. They reside in the northern part of Kashmir and prefer to live in the conifer forests. It is critically endangered.

What are India's Most Endangered Species - Woolly Flying Squirrel

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