The number of critically endangered animals is far longer than most people realise. As well as the familiar faces of Gorillas, Pandas and Polar Bears, there are numerous different fish, insects and a huge amount of plants on the list. So bringing attention and awareness to them all is a mammoth task, but we can try. Everyone knows that the Mountain Gorilla is heavily endangered, but did you know about these;
Madagascan Pochard –
This first little known endangered species was thought to be extinct in the mid 1990's but then rediscovered in 2006. As of 2013, the population was around 80 individuals. The cause for the rapid decline in the 1950's was the introduction to multiple new species of fish in the lake in which they lived. This killed many chicks and damaged nesting sites. Conservation efforts picked up speed in 2009 and helped grow the population of the Madagascan Pochard significantly. Think how few there were if a 'significant population growth' brought their total to 80!
flickr | Frank Vassen