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

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

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.

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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