Endangered Species Photo Gallery

 
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Found mostly in Central and South America, the jaguar is the largest of the American cat family. Worshiped as a god by some cultures, these felines are often hunted by ranchers who claim attacks on cattle.  
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The world's largest living land animals, African elephants are vulnerable to poachers who hunt the mammals for their ivory tusks.  
Credit: Dan Morrison 
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Only about 6,000 snow leopards remain in the wild, scattered across remote, mountainous stretches of Central Asia. Pressure from human population growth is the biggest threat to these rare, beautiful animals.  
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Threatened by poachers, illegal wildlife trade, and habitat destruction, only 20,000 to 27,000 orangutans remain in the wild. In the past, hundreds of thousands of the primates swung among the trees of Asia's rainforests.  
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Habitat destruction has created the greatest threat to the Florida panther. This creature once ranged throughout the southeastern U.S. Today, only 30-50 adult panthers remain in the wilds of southwest Florida.  
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Thousands of macaws are taken from their natural habitats in Central and South America and exported to other parts of the world for the pet trade.  
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Perhaps the most endangered species in the cat family, fewer than 5,000 wild tigers remain. Since the early 20th century, three of the eight tiger subspecies have disappeared from hunting and habitat elimination.  
 
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