Across the globe, hundreds of animal species face a grave and increasing threat of extinction. While many of these animals may live in remote locations, the spread of human populations and commercial activities poses a tremendous threat.
Below is a list from the World Wildlife Fund of 10 endangered species that received attention from the group in 2010. Some, like the Irrawaddy dolphin, mountain gorilla and Vaquita have global populations that number in the hundreds. Another animal on the list, the Javan rhino, has a population of around only 40 animals.
Sadly, poaching and black markets are often to blame for critically endangered animal populations. In November, Hong Kong customs agents confiscated a shipment of rhino horns and ivory worth about $2.2 million.
Check out World Wildlife Fund's list of 10 endangered species they focused on in 2011 and believe need more attention in the coming year. Visit the WWF website to learn more about how you can help.
List and images courtesy of World Wildlife Fund.