Save our precious animals - the endangered species in India

Our beautiful planet is bestowed with the most amazing biodiversity. The presence of all the living beings on the earth is essential to have an excellent balance in nature. But of late some of the animal species are on the verge of extinction while others are termed as endangered species or nearly threatened species. It’s time to conserve these animals to allow our future generations to witness these amazing living creatures in nature. Let’s have a quick run through the list of endangered species in India.

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1. **The Royal Bengal Tiger**: As of 2014, the estimated number of tigers in India were reported to be 2226. It’s quite saddening to know that the National Animal of both India and Bangladesh has been threatened to such an extent. With a royal yellow to orange coat embellished with black to brown stripes, this animal never fails to fascinate us with its elegant attitude. Poaching and animal trade has resulted in the extreme dip in the numbers.
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  1. The Ganges Dolphins: The inhabitants of Ganga, Brahmaputra and its tributaries, these Gangetic dolphins are also referred to as ‘Fresh Water Tigers’. But the saddest part is that these cute little creatures have been considered as critically endangered species due to extensive fishing, pollution and construction of dams. As per WWF India only 2000 dolphins are estimated to exist in the Gangetic basin. Owing to the dangers hovering over dolphins, it is also declared as the National Aquatic Animal by the Indian Government in the year 2009.
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    Image courtesy: www.imghd.net
  2. Snow Leopards: Covered with smoky greyish –yellow fur beautiful dotted tans, these animals are found in the mountain regions of Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Jammu and Kashmir. Only 500 of them are estimated to be left in India as per WWF India.
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  3. One horned Rhinoceros: A large mammal*mammal*
    ➤ (n) any warm-blooded vertebrate having the skin more or less covered with hair; young are born alive except for the small subclass of monotremes and nourished with milk
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    from the beautiful region of Assam, One Horned Rhinoceros is also on the verge of extinction. Approximately 3500 of them are left in India and Nepal combined together as per WWF India.
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    Image source: ascpictures.com
  4. Asian Elephant: Widely distributed in India, the overall population of Asian elephant is around 26000 only. Most of them are poached for Ivory in the Asian continents.

Black buck, Red Panda, Asiatic lion, Kashmiri Red Stag, Nilgiri Tahr, Lion Tailed Macaque, Indian Bison are a few more threatened species as per the WWF India