Without a doubt one of the major attraction in Africa is the wildlife safari. No matter if it’s a budget African Safari or a luxury overland safari, there is a lot of wildlife to see and in some of the most beautiful locations in the world. The top of everyone’s list is to spot the big five but don’t forget that there are plenty of other animals both big and small to be found in Africa. There is also a lot of endangered species in Africa and spotting an endangered animal is truly a wonderful experience. We have put together a list of our top 5 endangered animals in Africa you can see while on a safari or overland tour with us.
The cheetah is known as the fastest animal in the world. The cheetah is part of the cat family and can be related to bobcats and pumas. The biggest threat to this beautiful cat is humans take over its living space. A cheetah can have a roaming habitat of up to 3000 square kilometres and with human cities expanding they are constantly competing with new roads, buildings and farmland.
There are only about 7100 cheetahs left in the world.
2. Wild Dog
Also known as the painted hunting dog, the wild dog is up at the top of our list of endangered animals in Africa. They are very social animals, living in large packs. To come across the beautiful animals in the wild is a very special event. The major threat of the wild dogs is human persecutions and disease.
There are about 5000 wild dogs left in the world of which only about 1000 are fully grown.
3. Black Rhino
The Black rhino is distinguished by its hooked upper lip and two (occasionally three) horns which they use to dig for food. This is also the main reasons they are illegally hunted. The black rhinos are being poached for the illegal international horn trade.
There are about 4000 black rhinos left in the world with three subspecies declared extinct in 2011.
4. Mountain Gorilla
With only two populations of Mountain Gorillas left on the planet these beautiful creatures are at high risk of going extinct. Conservation efforts have lead to increases in the population but these gentle giants are far from safe. Poaching, habitat loss and war are major reason for the mountain gorillas decline.
There are only about 800 mountain Gorillas left in the world.
5. Blue Crane
The Blue Crane is the national bird of south Africa. Even though their population is much larger than other animals on this list, it is on the endangered species list due to their numbers decreasing by 90% over the last two decades. The biggest threat of this birds is habitat loss, collision with electric wires and poisoning.
There are only about 26000 blue cranes left.
At the end of the day, human interference is to blame for all these animals being on the endangered list. Luckily there are a lot of organisations and parks dedicating their time to protect these animals. Whether or not it will be enough, only time can tell.
We offer a host of budget safaris and overland safaris that will allow you to see these animals in their natural habitat. The permit fees paid to see these animals are used towards their conservation.