Where Can We Find the Top 10 Endangered Animals with Endangered Animals Chart?

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Where Can We Find the Top 10 Endangered Animals with Endangered Animals Chart?

There are so many types of animals around us. And they all contribute to the wholesomeness of our environment. But not all of them are living a safe and secure life. Many animal species face threats to their survival due to factors such as habitat loss, climate change, pollution, hunting, poaching and diseases. Some species are categorised as endangered species. This means that they are in the danger of disappearing from the world in the near future.  

Today, we will learn about the animals that are listed as “Endangered species”. “Endangered species” is a common term used to collectively refer to “endangered”, "critically endangered," and sometimes "vulnerable."  Here is a small table with definitions of these terms to make things easier for you:

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Species facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

Critically Endangered

Species at an extremely high risk of extinction. This category is more severe than "endangered."


Species that face a high risk of endangerment in the wild, but their situation is not as critical as those classified as "endangered" or "critically endangered”


If you want to know about endangered animals worldwide, check out "The Endangered Book" by Offshoot Books. It covers everything – from animal names to where they live, how they live, what they eat, and the dangers they're up against. Today, let's talk about ten of these animals.

Sea Otters

Sea Otters - Endangered Animals

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Meet the Sea Otters. Their scientific name is Enhydra lutris. Sea otters are found in the seas, coastlines, freshwater rivers, lakes, and marshes. You can spot them hanging out along the coast of the Northern Pacific Ocean, near places like Canada, Russia, Japan, California, and Washington. Their diet includes sea urchins, snails, mussels, clams, and crabs. Sea otters are scared of humans, white sharks, orcas, coyotes, killer whales, bald eagles, and sea lions. Unfortunately, sea otters are critically endangered. Humans hunt them for their fur, and their habitat is getting destroyed by water pollution and habitat destruction. 

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Let's dive into the incredible world of Pangolins, scientifically named as Pholidota.

Pangolins, with their cool armoured scales, love to hang out in low shrubby forest floors and places with sandy soil. You can find them in Asia and Africa, exploring the wild. What's on their menu, you ask? Well, they're like insect detectives, munching on insects, termites, ants, and larvae.

But pangolins are critically endangered because of their foes like humans, lions, leopards, and tigers. Moreover, they are also victims of trafficking, which means they're being taken from their habitat and sold in the market.

Atlantic Puffins

Atlantic Puffins - Endangered Animals

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Meet the Atlantic Puffins, birds that are as cool as they sound!. Atlantic Puffins live on the open ocean, islands, and rocky clifftops. They are spotted in places like the North Atlantic Ocean, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, the British Isles, the eastern coast of Canada, the Northern US, and the western coast of Europe.

Atlantic Puffins eat small fish, crustaceans, mollusks, squids, and marine worms. But watch out! Puffins are vulnerable creatures. They are scared of humans, minks, seals, rats, stoats, weasels, foxes, dogs, cats, the great black-backed gull, the great skua, and the herring gull.

The vulnerable condition of puffins is because of overfishing, habitat destruction, and humans hunting them.

Snow Leopards

Snow Leopards - Endangered Animals

Let's take a snowy adventure to meet the Snow Leopards, the magical big cats of the mountains! These incredible creatures live in the harshest and snowiest mountain regions, calling places like China, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Russia, Mongolia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan their home.

Snow Leopards enjoy munching on sheep, goats, birds, hares, and marmots. But, there's a challenge they face, they are vulnerable animals. Humans are not always the best neighbours, and these majestic cats have to watch out for poaching, where people hunt them, and the disappearance of their precious mountain homes.

Red Panda

Red Panda - Endangered Animals


Get ready to meet the adorable red panda, a real-life fluffy ball of cuteness! Red pandas live in the high-altitude rainy forests, making their homes in the mountains of Nepal, northern Myanmar, and central China.

Red pandas are like gourmet chefs who love feasting on bamboo, fruits, acorns, roots, and even eggs. Yum!

But, these cute creatures are endangered. They are scared of their not-so-friendly neighbours like humans and snow leopards. The forests where they live are disappearing because of deforestation for things like agriculture, and people hunting them.

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Duck-billed Platypus

Duck-billed Platypus - Endangered Animals

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Let's dive into the watery world of the Duck-Billed Platypus. These cool critters hang out in freshwater homes, hiding under rocky ledges and debris, and you can spot them in Tasmania, as well as along the eastern and southern coasts of Australia.

Now, let's talk about their taste buds! Platypuses are like underwater foodies, enjoying a menu of shellfish, insects, larvae, and worms. 

They are scared of snakes, water rats, hawks, eagles, owls and monitor lizards. Platypuses are endangered.

Giant Panda

Giant Panda - Endangered Animals

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Giant Pandas are superstars of the mountains! They live in dense forests and call the Minshan mountains of Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces in China their home.

Giant Pandas are like bamboo connoisseurs, munching on bamboo leaves and shoots. But wait, they've got a secret menu that includes fish, birds, and sometimes even rodents. That's one diverse diet!

But, these giant pandas are also in danger. They are categorised as vulnerable. They are scared of jackals and snow leopards and are threatened by some human-made problems, like poaching, and habitat troubles caused by deforestation.

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl - Endangered Animals

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Let's soar into the world of the Snowy Owl, a feathered friend that's as cool as the Arctic breeze! These majestic birds make their homes in open, treeless places called 'tundra.' In the summers, they spread their wings to Canada, the northern United States, Europe, and Asia.

Now, let's talk about their favourite meals – Snowy Owls are expert hunters, feasting on lemmings, rabbits, fish, ducks, and seabirds. 

Snowy Owls are vulnerable due to neighbours like dogs and wolves. Plus, they face challenges like climate change, hunting, and sometimes accidentally bumping into power lines and cars.

Bornean Orangutan

Bornean Orangutan - Endangered Animals

Let's swing into the rainforests of Borneo and meet the Bornean Orangutan. These amazing creatures make their homes in the lush forests and peat swamp forests on the islands of Borneo.

Now, let's talk about their favourite snacks – figs, jackfruits, mangoes, and lychees. They're not just about fruits; they also enjoy bark, ants, and termites. Talk about a diverse diet!

But Bornean orangutans are vulnerable due to dangers from tigers and other big cats. 

The Bornean Orangutans face other challenges too, like poaching and deforestation.


Saola - Endangered Animals

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Let's now talk about saola. The saola, also known as the Asian unicorn, is in a bit of trouble as it's critically endangered. These magical beings prefer the wet evergreen forests and lowland forests along rivers and valleys, and you can only find them in the Annamite Mountains of Vietnam and Laos.

Now, let's chat about their taste buds – Saolas are like nature's gourmet eaters, enjoying leaves from fig trees, bushes, and munching on grasses and herbs. They've got quite the green diet! Saolas are scared of humans who unfortunately hunt them down.

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To help you get all the information about these ten animals, we have arranged everything in a comprehensive chart. Here is your “Endangered Animals Chart”-


Scientific Name


Where do they live?

Where are they found?

What do they eat?

Who do they fear?

Why in danger?

Sea Otters

Enhydra lutris

Critically Endangered

Seas, coastlines, freshwater rivers,

lakes, marshes

Coast of the Northern Pacific

Ocean, Canada, Russia, Japan,

California and Washington

Sea urchins, snails, mussel,

clams, crabs

Humans, white sharks, orcas,

coyotes, killer whales, bald eagles,

sea lions

Hunted by humans for fur, water pollution, destruction of habitat



Critically Endangered

Low shrubby forest floor, places

with sandy soil

Only in Asia and Africa

Insects, termites, ants and larvae

Humans, lions, leopards, tigers

Trafficking by humans

Atlantic Puffin

Fratercula arctica


On the open ocean, islands,

coastlines, rocky clifftops

North Atlantic Ocean, Iceland,

Faeroe Islands, British Isles,

eastern coast of Canada, Northern

US, western coast of Europe and

Northern Russia

Small fish, crustaceans, mollusks,

squids, marine worms

Humans, mink, seals, rats, stoats,

weasels, foxes, dogs, cats, great

black-backed gull, the great skua,

herring gull

Overfishing, destruction of habitat, hunting by humans

Snow Leopards 

Panthera uncia


Harsh and snowy mountain regions

China, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Russia,

Mongolia, Pakistan and Afghanistan

Sheep, goat, birds, hares, marmots


Poaching, vanishing habitat

Red Panda

Ailurus fulgens


High-altitude rainy forests

Mountains of Nepal, northern

Myanmar and central China

Bamboo, fruits, acorns, roots, eggs

Humans, Snow leopards

Habitat destruction due to deforestation and spread of agriculture and poaching

Duck Billed Platypus

Ornithorhynchus anatinus


Freshwater, under rocky ledges

and debris

Tasmania, eastern and southern

coasts of Australia

Shellfish, insects, larvae, worms

Snakes, water rats, hawks, eagles,

owls, monitor lizards


Giant Panda

Ailuropoda melanoleuca


Dense forests, mountains

Minshan mountains of Sichuan,

Shaanxi and Gansu provinces

in China

bamboo leaves and shoots; fish,

birds, and occasionally, rodents

Jackals, snow leopards

Poaching, deforestation, habitat destruction 

Snowy Owl 

Bubo scandiacus


Open, treeless areas called ‘tundra’

Canada, northern United States, northern 

Europe and Asia 

Lemmings,rabbits,fish, ducks, seabirds

Dogs and wolves

Climate change, hunting, collision with power lines and cars

Bornean Orangutan

Pongo pygmaeus


Forests and peat swamp forests

Islands of Borneo

Figs, jackfruits, mangoes, lychees,bark,ants,termites

tigers and other big cats

Poaching, deforestation 


Pseudoryx nghetinhensis

Critically endangered

Wet evergreen forests, lowland

forests along rivers and valleys

Only found in the Annamite

Mountains of Vietnam and Laos

Leaves of fig trees, bushes,

grasses, herbs



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That concludes our discussion on animals facing endangerment. Now, here is a small task for you- find out some ways to help the endangered animals survive. Identify how you can contribute to conserving these animals. And remember, in doing this research, you will need to gather extensive information about many endangered animals, not just five or ten. To help you in this quest for knowledge, The Endangered Book by Offshoot Books will be your guide. You will learn about many endangered animals, and their living conditions. So, don’t forget to grab the book and start your journey towards becoming a friend for the endangered ones. Happy reading !

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