Tapanuli Orangutan: 800 individuals left.
There are fewer than 800 Tapanuli orangutans left in the wild making them critically endangered. They were only recognised as a new species in 2017.
Just like the Bornean and Sumatran orangutan, much of the Tapanuli orangutan is under serious threat. Human encroachment – in this case from mining and plans for a hydroelectric dam – as well as hunting is putting these orangutans in immediate peril.
Tigers: 3,900 individuals left.
There are only around 3,900 tigers left in the wild. Since the beginning of the 20th century, we’ve lost over 95% of the world’s wild tiger population.
Tigers naturally travel great distances to find new territory, but with expanding human settlements and shrinking tiger habitat, tigers are increasingly likely to come into contact and conflict with people.
However, there have been successes in tiger conservation. Tigers in Russia have made a spectacular comeback since the 1930s, when the population fell as low as 20–30 animals. We are working with Governments and local partners to help recover and double the wild tiger population to over 6,000 by 2022 - the next Chinese year of the tiger.
Giant Panda: 1,890 individuals left.
There are around 1,860 giant pandas left in the wild. After decades of being listed as endangered, in 2016 they got downlisted to vulnerable. This is a major step in giant panda conservation, but there’s still work to do.
We’re working with the Chinese Government and local partners to protect vital panda habitat and create wildlife corridors to reconnect isolated panda populations. We've planted over 500 hectares of bamboo forest, removed over 15,000 metres of artificial fences and helped local communities to develop sustainable livelihoods.
Amur Leopard: 100 individuals left.
The Amur leopard is probably one of the rarest big cats in the world, with only around 100 individuals remaining in the wild. The last known population survives in the Russian Far East and across the border in China.
The Amur leopard faces numerous threats, including forest fires, poaching and infrastructure development such as roads.
In order to increase the number of Amur leopards in the wild, we need to help protect them and their prey from poaching, and support the protection and management of their habitats. We also help to monitor changes in Amur leopard and prey populations.
Mountain Gorillas: 1,004 individuals left.
There are only an estimated 1,004 mountain gorillas left on our planet. Today they can be found living in just two isolated populations across national parks in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) is a coalition of WWF, Fauna and Flora International and Conservation International that works to protect this iconic sub-species. Through IGCP, we work with local communities to ensure that they benefit from conservation efforts, which helps improve attitudes to mountain gorilla conservation.
Through IGCP, we also support monitoring of the mountain gorilla populations that we have left to ensure that populations are healthy and have the best chance of maintaining numbers.
Black Rhino: Around 5,000 individuals left.
It's estimated that there are just over 5,000 black rhinos left in the wild. They are critically endangered and 98% of their population is found in just four countries: South Africa, Namibia, Kenya and Zimbabwe.
High prices for rhino horn have caused rhino populations to plummet. Poaching of black rhinos more than doubled from 2013 to 2015.
But there is hope. In the early 1990s there were less than 2,500 individuals left, but their numbers have been steadily increasing since 1995. We’re working to get stronger law enforcement in relation to the illegal rhino horn trade in countries with black rhinos and in countries where the rhino horn is a precious commodity.