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11 animals on the verge of extinction

By: Shea Gunther on Aug. 22, 2016, 5:03 p.m.
Close-up of the Chinese alligator

Photo: Greg Hume/Wikimedia Commons

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Chinese alligators

While American alligator populations are exploding, their Asian cousins are in danger. There are possibly only 50 Chinese alligators living in the wild in a handful of ponds along the lower Yangtze River in eastern China. They were pushed out of their habitats by agriculture and the presence of poisoned rats, which the alligators eat. The species is thriving in captivity, with over 10,000 around the world.