Critically Endangered Animal Species of Asia & Australia

Here are the most endangered species of animals in the continents of Australia and Asia.


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The Caracal (Caracal caracal) is a medium-sized desert cat related to the lynx. It was once found over large areas of the Middle East and India, but has become increasingly scarce. This cat is one of the heaviest of all small cats and one of the quickest too.

Snow Leopard

The Snow Leopard (Uncia uncia or Panthera uncia)) of Kazakhstan has been hunted almost to extinction for its fur and only survives high in the mountains.

Persian Onager

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Persian Onager (Equus hemionus)of Iran is also known as Wild Asian Ass. Farming has driven the Persian Onager into desert where survival is difficult. It can also be found in Syria, Pakistan, India, Israel and Tibet. Hunting and habitat loss are the major reason for their near extinction.

Giant Panda

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The Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) of China lives in the southwestern bamboo forests. Its future is threatened by the loss of this habitat and poaching. As of 2007, there are only 239 Pandas in captivity in China and 27 in other countries. In the wild, it is estimated that there are 1,590 remaining individuals.


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The orangutans are the two exclusively Asian species of extant great apes namely: the Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) and the Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii). The Orangutans of Asia are endangered because people are destroying the forest where they live. They are the largest living arboreal and are the most intelligent primates. They are native to Malaysia and Indonesia.

Indian Python

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The Indian Python (Python molurus) of India, a large non-venomous python species, is threatened by hunters. Its beautifully patterned skin is used to make belts, wallets, handbags and shoes. It is also commonly known as Black-tailed Python and Indian Rock Python.


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The Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) of Bangladesh, which is also known as Indian Gavial, is a relative of the crocodile. It is hunted for its skin, and its eggs are taken for food. It can also be found in India, where it is one of the 3 crocodilians in the country.

Loggerhead Turtle

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The Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta) of Turkey breeds on beaches. Numbers are declining because of increasing tourism. This oceanic turtle is also known as the Loggerhead Sea Turtle or simply Loggerhead.

Indus River Dolphin

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The Indus River Dolphin or Indus Blind Dolphin (Platanista gangetica minor) of Pakistan is endangered because dams on the Indus River have divided its breeding and fishing grounds. This river or freshwater dolphin is a subspecies of the South Asian River Dolphin. It can also be found in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.

Manchurian Crane

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Manchurian Crane (Grus japonensis) is endangered due to hunting, which led to its near extinction. Now it is protected. This large bird, which is the second rarest crane in the world, is also called the Japanese Crane and Red-Crowned Crane.


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The Numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus)of Australia, which is also known as the Banded Ant Eater, lives in eucalyptus woodland in Southwest, Australia. It is threatened by the spread of human settlement. This marsupial’s diet consists almost exclusively of termites. It is now protected by c.

Yellow-eyed Penguin

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The Yellow-eyed Penguin (Megadyptes antipodes), which is also known as Hoiho and is endemic to New Zealand, nest in the coastal forest of South Island. It is threatened by the loss of its habitat to farming. This penguin species, which is regarded as one of the rarest in the world, has an estimated population of 4,000.

Estuarine Crocodile

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The Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)in the Indian Ocean is threatened because of hunting, estuary development and the drainage of coastal swamps. It is also commonly known as Saltwater Crocodile and can be found in Northern Australia, India and Southeast Asia.

22 thoughts on “Critically Endangered Animal Species of Asia & Australia

  1. Cisco

    i dont like animal a lot but when i saw these kind of cute animal..OMG! they are all cute!!

  2. Rochkirstin Santos

    I don't even know that these animals exist except for the orangutan. Aw, the loggerhead turtle looks so cute. Would you know how many years it lives?

  3. Fernando Lachica

    Now I know these endangered species and really great to post this article. More are coming from this site.

  4. Lori

    I'm only familiar with the snow leopard, giant panda and orangutan, clueless about the rest of the animals on this list. Too bad that they're all critically endangered but there is still hope for their species if we work together to save them.

  5. Erica Villas

    It is so sad to hear that some animals we love are threatened with extinction. It's good to raise awareness – maybe, who knows, some species will be saved.

  6. Jerwel De Perio

    I really wanna see an orangutan in the wild. All of these actually! Seeing them caged up makes me feel so guilty.

  7. Karina Ramos

    We must strive more to make sure that they propagate again. If not, we won't be seeing these majestic animals in the near future.

  8. Gil Camporazo

    pandas are endagered too and turltes? its so sad. I hope people take more actions into preserving it.

  9. Mia Foo

    Those animals here are so rare indeed. Are they not being preserved or taken cared of? Actually, this is the first time that I see these kind or species of animals.

  10. yvonnembertoldo

    why is it called the blind dolphin? are they really blind?! the turtle and the numbat look so cute!

  11. Fred Hawson

    Haven't even heard of or have seen some of the animals included on the list and they are already endangered? T_T That's just sad. Hope they can be saved and something may be done to increase their number.

  12. Tiffany Yong W.T.

    It is sad to learn that even the most high-profile of these animals, the Panda and the Snow Leopard, still have very critical numbers. Poachers are really one of the worst kind of people in this world.

  13. Franc

    Of all the animals, the Estuarine Crocodile is one animal which I'm quite afraid of, imagine if there's loads of them around, it'll be so terrifying!

  14. Dianne

    It's sad to see animals on this list especially pandas and snow leopard. I hope they get to preserve these animals for future generations.

  15. Ling Tan

    I have so much love with animals. In fact, I planned to be a veterinarian before, but things happened that I didn't pursue it. It breaks my heart to see this wonderful creatures and know that there are only few of them left. Seriously, we should all give care to these animals.

  16. lee rosales

    I have tried to see the orangutan in the wild whilst in Kuching two years back, but they were not keen to meet me!

  17. Cheryl F

    Manchurian crane and numbat are new to me. Now that our world is experiencing climate change it will also affect the lives of the animals. Those creatures living in the dessert and icy places where seals and penguins live

  18. OY HZ

    Endangered seriously? That's so sad. I haven't seen one of them yet and I haven't even heard some of them.

  19. Scott von Wafrock

    How about the pangolin? I know they are threatened due to illegal poaching.- believe it or not they are considered a delicacy in some areas of China and southeast Asia. this species deserves much more respect and publicity due to its omenous fate.

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