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Near Threatened is a classification category on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Threatened Species List. Currently 2,657 species are defined as near threatened. Scientists categorize a species as Near Threatened when conservationists believe that it will face extinction in the near future, but it doesn’t currently meet the standards for another category.

There are six main reasons why scientists categorize taxons as near threatened:

  • Habitat loss;
  • Introduction of a foreign species;
  • Hunting;
  • Pollution;
  • Disease; and
  • Loss of genetic variation.
Bongo (Tragelaphus eurycerus)Bongo
Long and heavy spiralled horns!
Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua)Gentoo Penguin
Found throughout the sub-Antarctic!
Leopard (Panthera pardus)Leopard
Spends much of the time high in the trees!
Manta Ray (Manta Birostris)Manta Ray
Can grow up to 9m wide!
Okapi (Okapia johnstoni)Okapi
Eats more than 100 different types of plant!
Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus)Platypus
One of the only mammals to lay eggs!
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus)Walrus
Inhabits the freezing waters of the Arctic Circle!
White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum)White Rhinoceros
The second largest animal on the land!