Top Ten Endangered Animals in India 2015


With the race of time, many animals have slowly lost their place in the planet. Plenty of animals that once roamed the earth are now extinct. Many of them are on the verge of it. India is a land of many animals and many rare species are found here. However, plenty of them are now marked as endangered and steps are taken to conserve them. There are many animals that have been marked and listed as endangered; however, these are the list of the Top 10 animals which are endangered in India.

10. Great Indian Bustard

Great Indian Bustard

It is majorly found in India and some part of Pakistan. These are mostly found in the dry places of the Indian subcontinent. The large birds poss heavy and horizontal body. Even the birds appear like Ostrich, but they can fly. They have bare legs and considered one of the heaviest birds that can fly. There was a time when they were found in large numbers but according to last counting only a few are left. According to the data provided in 2011, the Great Indian Bustard birds are 250 in numbers and have been listed as the Endangered Animal.

9. Pondicherry Shark

Pondicherry Shark

One of the most rare and important species of India is the Pondicherry Shark. The sharks are small in size and gray in color. The size of the sharks is more than a meter and can grow up to 4 ft. The long and pointed snout of the shark has special upper teeth. It is serrated near the base and edged at the tip and that distinguishes it from others. The last Pondicherry Shark was spotted in 1979 and heavy fishing is considered the reason of its disappear. It is marked as Endangered Animal, however, experts indicate the chances of extinction as well.

8. Leatherback Sea Turtle

Leatherback Sea Turtle

The fourth heaviest reptile of the modern world, Leatherback Sea Turtle has been marked as Endangered Animal in India. It was once very frequent in the Nicobar Islands, however, now rarely seen. The carapace of the turtle is covered with skin and flesh instead of bones and that differs it from others. It is also called as Lute Turtle or Leathery Turtle. The average length of the turtle is 6-7 ft and weigh close to 500 to 700 Kg.

7. Himalayan Wolves

Himalayan Wolves

One of the most ancient groups of wolves, the Himalayan wolves are marked as Endangered in India. The wolves are often linked with Tibetan Wolves, a sub species of the Gray Wolves. However, experts have many times claimed it to be a different genus. There are about 350 such ancient wolves left. They are majorly found in the Himachal Pradesh area of India.

6. Elvira Rat

Elvira Rat

It is one of the members of the rodent family. The Elvira Rat was once found in large numbers but now is limited to Eastern Ghats of Tamil Nadu. They have the brownish gray color of the upper part and whitish under part. The tail is bicolor and also helps them to move on the rock.

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