Critically Endangered

What does it mean?

A Critically Endangered species is categorized as facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

Critically Endangered


The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) assesses animals through five criteria to determine an animal's status. These criteria include Population Size Reduction, Reduction Across a Geographic Region, Population Decline, Population Size Reduction, and Probability of Extinction.

Declared extinct in the wild in the 1980s

Human-based mortality (gunshots/vehicle collisions) cause for status

False reputation of being aggressive and sly

Actually skittish and shy, not a threat to humans

Fewer than 20 in the wild and about 250 under human care

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