IUCN Status: Critically Endangered

Southern Black Rhino

Southern Black Rhino

Black rhinoceros were once found over an enormous range throughout sub-Saharan Africa living in deserts, mountains, grasslands, and forests.  Written accounts by explorers before the turn of the 20th century relate frequent encounters with plentiful numbers of black rhinos. Today, black rhino populations hover around 5,600. Rhinos are poached for their horns, for non-substantiated medicinal…

Dama Gazelle

Dama Gazelle

Learn More: visit the Sahara Conservation Fund to learn more about dama gazelle and other imperiled species of the Sahelo-Saharan ecosystems Gazelles are small members of the antelope family, found primarily in Africa where they live in grasslands and savanna woodlands and feed on plants and grasses. The wild population of the dama gazelle is found in the Sahel,…

Somali Wild Ass

Somali Wild Ass

The Somali wild ass from the Horn of Africa is one of the rarest wild equids in the world with less than 200 animals thought to exist in widely scattered herds.  Threats from competition with domestic farm animals for sparse desert grass and water resources have resulted in severe declines in numbers of African wild ass. …

Mississippi Sandhill Crane

Mississippi Sandhill Crane

The sandhill crane has a wide distribution in North America and the sight and sound of migrating crane flocks is familiar in many parts of the United States. There are two non-migratory sub-species of sandhill crane found in Florida and in Mississippi. The Mississippi Sandhill Crane is critically endangered and it has lost much of…

Blue-Billed Curassow

Blue-Billed Curassow

Male Blue-billed curassows have a slightly swollen cere (a waxy fleshy covering at the base of the upper beak) and wattles that are a bright blue. The plumage is black with a white abdomen. The female also has a blue cere, which is not as swollen in appearance, and her plumage is black with narrow…

Florida Panther

Florida Panther

The Florida panther is a symbol of natural Florida.  A Florida with healthy environments and ecosystems.  Down to less than 40 individuals in the 1970s, their inclusion on the federal Endangered Species list, human intervention to expand their gene pool and rehabilitate injured panthers, and land conservation efforts have brought the reclusive cat to around…

Eastern Bongo Bongo Antelope

Eastern Bongo

The Mountain or Eastern Bongo The mountain or eastern bongo is a flagship species of the mountainous forests of Kenya. These mountains serve as water catchments and fresh water sources for much of the country, and are important sanctuaries for wildlife. As a large member of the antelope family, bongo live in herds in the…

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