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11 animals on the verge of extinction

By: Shea Gunther on Dec. 7, 2016, 10:21 a.m.
Lion walking in the  Kalahari desert

Photo: Gerrit_de_Vries/Shuttestock

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African lions

It might be too late for lions. The panthera leo has experienced a population reduction of 43 percent between 1993 and 2014. As a result, today there are an estimated 23,000 to 39,000 lions in the wild. Their population has been carved up into ever-tightening, isolated ranges, and as the IUCN notes, humans are spreading into these small pockets of space and instability within Africa isn't conducive to conservation efforts.