Although many countries have been slow to react, in most where these animals are endemic, including translocations, widespread conservation and awareness efforts are underway.

Africa’s diverse wildlife is one of the continent’s biggest draws, but unfortunately, many are alarmingly close to extinction.

In this article, we take a look at some of the animals in Africa that are currently facing the greatest danger of extinction.


african wild dog
The African wild dog, also called the African hunting dog or the African painted dog, is one of the most endangered carnivores on the continent.


Bonobo, chimpanzee and gorilla

These animals are particularly susceptible to poaching and habitat loss as humans encroach on or harvest the vast forests that once protected them.


Green turtle

The main threats to the green turtle are overexploitation of eggs, hunting, loss of nesting sites due to human habitation, and impact from fishing.


Knysna seahorse

They are one of only five seahorses seen along these shorelines, and were one of the first species listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. In general, its population has decreased by at least 50% in the last 10 years.


Despite the recent death of the last male northern white rhino, most rhino species around the world face a similar threat. Black rhinos in Africa are particularly close to extinction, but so is the white rhino