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5 Canadian animals you didn't know were at risk

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Eric Wainwright Jun 20, 2016 5:33 am

Canada is a big and beautiful country full of enviable amounts of renewable resources.

But when we’re not careful, some of those resources go unchecked and end up becoming endangered or, in the case of too many animals, all together extinct.

So in honour of WWF-Canada’s inaugural Pandamonium fundraiser – this Thursday, June 23rd in Toronto – we’re calling attention to 5 of Canada’s wild animals that need our help. Funds raised at Pandamonium will help WWF-Canada continue its work protecting wildlife and their habitats. (You can get your tickets here.)

Here are 5 wild animals in Canada you might be surprised to learn are at risk of being in a lot of trouble.

Polar Bears
Status: Special Concern
Numbers: 22,000-31,000 polar bears worldwide

Endangered Canadian Animals

© Kevin Schafer / WWF

Narwhal
Status: Special Concern (in Canada)
Numbers: 70,000+ worldwide

Endangered Canadian Animals

© Paul Nicklen/National Geographic Stock / WWF-Canada

Atlantic Walrus
Status: Special Concern
Numbers: Approximately 20,000

Endangered Canadian Animals

© Paul Nicklen/National Geographic Stock / WWF-Canada

Beluga Whale
Status: Endangered
Numbers: Approximately 150,000 worldwide

Endangered Canadian Animals

© Kevin Schafer / WWF

Orca / Killer Whale
Status: Endangered and Threatened (depending on location of population)
Numbers: 50,000 worldwide

Endangered Canadian Animals

© William W. Rossiter / WWF

MEANINGS:

Endangered – A wildlife species facing imminent extirpation or extinction.

Threatened – A wildlife species that is likely to become an endangered if nothing is done to reverse the factors leading to its extirpation or extinction.

Special Concern – A wildlife species that may become threatened or endangered because of a combination of biological characteristics and identified threats.


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Eric Wainwright
Eric is the Toronto City Editor for Daily Hive and previously the Editor-in-Chief at Notable.ca. He is highly educated. He knows words. He has the best words.

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