Meet our Very Important Animals!

Did you know that all the VIA animals are endangered/vunerable? Find out more about them below.

ELEPHANT

Status

Endangered

Population

An estimated 350.000 left

Biggest Threats

Poaching, Human-wildlife conflict, habitat loss

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GIRAFFE

Status

Vunerable

Population

An estimated 100.000 individuals left

Biggest Threats

Poaching, Trophy Hunting, Habitat Loss, Nutrition Loss, Human-wildlife conflict

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LION

Status

Vunerable

Population

An estimated 20.000 left

Biggest Threats

Poaching, trophy hunting, human-wildlife conflict

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RHINO

Status

White rhino: Nearly threatened, Black rhino: Critically Endangered

Population

White rhino : an estimated 20.000 Black rhino: an estimated 5000

Biggest Threats

Poaching, habitat loss

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ZEBRA

Status

Plains zebras near threatened, Grevy’s zebras: endangered

Population

Grevy’s zebras around 4500 left

Biggest Threats

Habitat loss, poaching

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LEOPARD

Status

Vunerable

Population

An estimated 13.000 left

Biggest Threaths

Poaching, hunting, human-wildlife conflict

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HIPPO

Status

Vunerable

Population

An estimated 130.000 individuals left

Biggest Threats

Poaching, habitat loss, fishing industry, human-wildlife conflict

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MOUNTAIN GORILLA

Status

Critically endangered

Population

An estimated 1000 left

Biggest Threats

Poaching, Hunting, Diseases, habitat loss, climate change

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TIGER

Status

Endangered

Population

an estimated 3900 left

Biggest Threats

Poaching, hunting, human-wildlife conflict

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KOALA

Status

Vunerable

Population

an estimated 330,000 individuals (data before the bushfires in 2020)

Biggest threats

Habitat loss, climate changes, diseases, predation

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EUROPEAN WOLF

Status

6 out of 10 species in Europe are endangered/vunerable

Population

An estimated 17.000 left

Biggest Threats

Human intolerance, hunting, habitat loss

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PANDA

Status

Vunerable

Population

Approximately 1800-2060 individuals total

Biggest Threats

Habitat loss, bamboo reduction, climate change, poaching

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MAKI

Status

Endangered

Population

A global estimate is unknown. At a minimum, approximately 2,200 individuals.
Biggest threats

Habitat loss, bushmeat hunting, and illegal pet trade

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SEA TURTLE

Status

Endangered/ Vunerable

Population

No exact data. From the 7 species there are 5 species endangered.

Biggest Threats

Bycatch, illegal trade and consumption, habital loss, climate change

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AFRICAN PENGUIN

Status

Endangered

Population

50.000 individuals left

Biggest Threats

Overfishing, poaching, egg harvesting, reduced nesting areas

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SEAHORSE

Status

Endangered

Population

Population data for most of the world’s more than 30 seahorse species is sparse

Biggest Threats

Depletion, pollution, and rampant harvesting (for chinese medicine)

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WHALE

Status

Endangered

Population

Around 400 North Atlantic right whales remain; other species vary: 10,000-90,000

Biggest Threats

Commercial whaling (hunting), climate change, fishing industry

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New animal joining the VIA family soon.

Image by Ilkka Kärkkäinen

FLAMINGO

Status

No single species is listed as endangered! Hooray

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New animal joining the VIA family soon.

Image by Ilkka Kärkkäinen