Near Threatened Animals

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
  • Loss of genetic variation

Near Threatened Species

A African Bush Elephant
African Bush Elephant

Can drink up to 50 gallons a day

A Albacore Tuna
Albacore Tuna

The albacore is a very fast swimmer

A Albatross
Albatross

The largest wingspan of any bird in the world!

A Angelfish
Angelfish

There are 70 different species!

A Anteater
Anteater

Found throughout the Southern Hemisphere!

A Asian Giant Hornet
Asian Giant Hornet

The largest wasp in the world!

A Badger
Badger

Can reach speeds of 30 km/h!

A Beaver
Beaver

Builds a dam from sticks and leaves!

A Bison
Bison

Largest mammal in North America!

A Blue Shark
Blue Shark

Blue sharks can have up to 135 pups at a time.

A Bongo
Bongo

Long and heavy spiralled horns!

A Brown Hyena
Brown Hyena

They don’t laugh

A Bumblebee
Bumblebee

The most common species of bee!

A Catfish
Catfish

There are nearly 3,000 different species!

A Chameleon
Chameleon

There are more than 160 different species!

A Cicada
Cicada

Cicadas have one of the longest insect lifespans

A Coral
Coral

Thought to be around 70,000 different species!

A Cow
Cow

There are nearly 1.5 million worldwide!

A Crab
Crab

There are 93 different crab groups

A Crane
Crane

Many are critically endangered species!

A Cuscus
Cuscus

Has a long, strong prehensile tail!

A Cuttlefish
Cuttlefish

Found throughout the world's oceans!

A Deer
Deer

There are around 40 different species!

A Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise

Lives in burrows underground!

A Dingo
Dingo

Natively found on the Australian continent!

A Discus
Discus

One of the only schooling Cichlids!

A Dolphin
Dolphin

Can reach speeds of up to 25 mph!

A Donkey
Donkey

First domesticated 5,000 years ago!

A Dragonfly
Dragonfly

It's larvae are carnivorous!

A Dugong
Dugong

Closely related to the Manatee!

A Eagle
Eagle

Has exceptional eyesight!

A Elephant
Elephant

Spends around 22 hours a day eating!

A Falcon
Falcon

The fastest creatures on the planet!

A False Killer Whale
False Killer Whale

The false killer whale looks like a cross between a dolphin and orca!

A Ferret
Ferret

Ferrets can be trained to do tricks like dogs!

A Fox
Fox

There are 12 different species in the world!

A Frog
Frog

There are around 7,000 different species!

A Fur Seal
Fur Seal

Found only in the Northern Hemisphere!

A Gecko
Gecko

There are thought to be over 2,000 species!

A Gentoo Penguin
Gentoo Penguin

Found throughout the sub-Antarctic!

A Gibbon
Gibbon

Found in dense jungles and tropical forests!

A Gila Monster
Gila Monster

It's tail acts as a fat storage facility!

A Glow Worm
Glow Worm

Found inhabiting dense woodland and caves!

A Gopher
Gopher

They dig large networks of tunnels!

A Gorilla
Gorilla

The biggest of the world's primates!

A Gouldian Finch
Gouldian Finch

The male Gouldian finch bobs its head and fluffs its feathers to court a female.

A Grey Reef Shark
Grey Reef Shark

One of the most common shark species!

A Grey Seal
Grey Seal

One of the rarest species of seal on Earth

A Hammerhead Shark
Hammerhead Shark

Found in coastal waters around the world!

A Hare
Hare

Can reach speeds of over 40 mph!

A Harpy Eagle
Harpy Eagle

Talon's the size of a grizzly bear's claws!

A Hercules Beetle
Hercules Beetle

This dynastine scarab beetle makes a weird huffing sound when it’s disturbed.

A Hermit Crab
Hermit Crab

There are over 500 different species!

A Honduran White Bat
Honduran White Bat

The bat only eats figs.

A Hyena
Hyena

There are four different species!

A Iguana
Iguana

Uses visual signals to communicate!

A Jaguar
Jaguar

The largest feline on the American continent!

A Japanese Macaque
Japanese Macaque

Has cheek pouches for storing food!

A Kangaroo
Kangaroo

Females have a deep pouch on their front!

A King Crab
King Crab

Can have a leg span of nearly 2 meters!

A Kingfisher
Kingfisher

Inhabits wetlands and woodlands worldwide!

A Kiwi
Kiwi

Only found in the forests of New Zealand!

A Ladybug
Ladybug

There are more than 5,000 species worldwide!

A Leaf-Tailed Gecko
Leaf-Tailed Gecko

Only found on Madagascar!

A Lemming
Lemming

Does not hibernate during the bitter Arctic winter!

A Leopard
Leopard

Spends much of the time high in the trees!

A Leopard Seal
Leopard Seal

The world's most aggressive seal species!

A Leopard Tortoise
Leopard Tortoise

The most widely distributed tortoise in Africa!

A Lizard
Lizard

There are around 5,000 different species!

A Macaroni Penguin
Macaroni Penguin

Gather in colonies of up to 100,000 members!

A Magellanic Penguin
Magellanic Penguin

Threatened by oil spills!

A Magpie
Magpie

They are found across Europe, Asia and Africa!

A Mandrill
Mandrill

Distinctively coloured noses and rumps!

A Maned Wolf
Maned Wolf

Despite its name, the Maned Wolf is not actually a wolf.

A Mayfly
Mayfly

There are 2,500 known species worldwide!

A Minke Whale
Minke Whale

There are two recognised species!

A Mole
Mole

Primarily hunts and feeds on Earthworms!

A Molly
Molly

Known for their calm and peaceful nature!

A Monitor Lizard
Monitor Lizard

Some species are thought to carry a weak venom!

A Moth
Moth

There are 250,000 different species!

A Narwhal
Narwhal

Lives and hunts in the frigid Arctic!

A Nurse Shark
Nurse Shark

Commonly found in Central American waters!

A Okapi
Okapi

Eats more than 100 different types of plant!

A Olm
Olm

Inhabits dark underwater caves

A Otter
Otter

There are 13 different species worldwide

A Pademelon
Pademelon

Inhabits the jungles of the far east!

A Panther
Panther

Prefers to hunt at night than during the day!

A Penguin
Penguin

Spends 75% of it's time hunting for food!

A Pink Fairy Armadillo
Pink Fairy Armadillo

The smallest known species of Armadillo

A Platypus
Platypus

One of the only mammals to lay eggs!

A Poison Dart Frog
Poison Dart Frog

Inhabits the jungles of Central and South America!

A Purple Emperor Butterfly
Purple Emperor Butterfly

Inhabits deciduous forests!

A Puss Moth
Puss Moth

Caterpillars squirt formic acid!

A Quetzal
Quetzal

The tail feathers of the male can be 1m long!

A Quoll
Quoll

Found across Australia and Papua New Guinea!

A Red Knee Tarantula
Red Knee Tarantula

Inhabits the Pacific Mountains of Mexico!

A River Turtle
River Turtle

Inhabits freshwater habitats around the world!

A Robin
Robin

There are more than 45 species in Australia alone!

A Salamander
Salamander

There are more than 700 different species!

A Sand Lizard
Sand Lizard

Males turn green in spring!

A Sea Dragon
Sea Dragon

Inhabits tropical coastal waters of Australia!

A Sea Lion
Sea Lion

It's flippers allow it to walk on the land

A Sea Squirt
Sea Squirt

There are more than 3,000 known species!

A Sea Urchin
Sea Urchin

Can live for up to 200 years!

A Seal
Seal

There are 30 different species worldwide!

A Shrimp
Shrimp

There are 2,000 different species worldwide!

A Sixgill shark
Sixgill shark

The sixgill shark has six pairs of gills instead of the normal five

A Sleeper Shark
Sleeper Shark

The Greenland shark is one of the longest living vertebrates in the world.

A Snapping Turtle
Snapping Turtle

Only found in North America!

A Spanish Goat
Spanish Goat

They have long, horizontal ears.

A Sponge
Sponge

There are more than 9,000 known species!

A Squirrel
Squirrel

Small rodents found in woodlands worldwide!

A Stag Beetle
Stag Beetle

More than 1,200 different species!

A Starfish
Starfish

Has 2 stomachs to aid digestion!

A Stick Insect
Stick Insect

There are more than 3,000 different species!

A Stingray
Stingray

It's stinger is razor-sharp or serrated!

A Striped Hyena
Striped Hyena

The striped hyenas usually mark their territories with the help of the scent gland secretions from their anal pouch.

A Swan
Swan

Populations have been affected by pollution!

A Tang
Tang

Found around shallow coral reefs!

A Tasmanian Devil
Tasmanian Devil

Exclusively found on the island of Tasmania!

A Tawny Owl
Tawny Owl

The most widespread owl in Europe!

A Tuatara
Tuatara

Only found on a few of New Zealand's islands!

A Walrus
Walrus

Inhabits the freezing waters of the Arctic Circle!

A Water Dragon
Water Dragon

Spends most of it's time in the trees!

A Whale Shark
Whale Shark

The largest species of fish in the world!

A White Rhinoceros
White Rhinoceros

The second largest animal on the land!

A Wolf
Wolf

Thought to date back more than 300,000 years!

A Wood Turtle
Wood Turtle

Temperature determines the sex of turtle eggs

A Woolly Monkey
Woolly Monkey

Has a long, strong prehensile tail!

A Yak
Yak

There are only a few left in the wild!

A Yellowfin Tuna
Yellowfin Tuna

The yellowfin forms schools with other tuna species

A Zebra Shark
Zebra Shark

Can get to be 30 years old in the wild!

Near Threatened Species List