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10 of The World’s Most Endangered Animals


In Brief

We take a look at some of the most endangered animals in the world, and recommend where you can see them in their natural habitat.

9. Asian elephants

Asian elephants have been considered an endangered species since 1986, and their population has decreased by at least 50% over the last 75 years or so, with fewer than 50,000 remaining in the wild. Fragmentation, deforestation and an increasing human population are destroying the elephants' habitat and decreasing the space available for them to live in. The Sri Lankan, Indian and Sumatran Asian elephants can of course be found in their countries of name and other mainland Asian countries. However, the best opportunity to see Asian elephants is at The Gathering, a natural assembly of up to 300 elephants coming to the shores of the Minneriya Tank in Sri Lanka's Minneriya National Park during August to bathe and drink. It is the largest congregation of Asian elephants in the world.