Top 10 Most Endangered Wild Animal Species of India

India is still home to some of the most beautiful creatures in the world, There are 400 wildlife sanctuaries and 80 National parks in India, which give shelter to the wide range of wild and Endangered Wild Animal. Because of deforestation and other human activity wild animals lost their habitat and reached at risk of become extinct. Indian is losing their animals due to Environmental pollution, deforestation,loss of habitat, human interference, poaching and hunting.

All animals and birds in India are rated as critically Endangered (CR), Endangered (EN) or Vulnerable (VU). Mainly endangered animals in India are big cats family includes snow leopard, Bengal tiger and Asiatic Lion, other India’s endangered animals are Purple Frog or Pig nose Frog,Great Indian Vulture,Indian giant squirrel,Giant Indian Fruit Bat,Great birds and King Kobra. Some of the extinct animals of India includes Asiatic cheetah,Pink headed duck and Indian aurochs.

Top 15 Endangered Wild Animal Species of India

Indian Tiger

royal Bengal tiger

The All members of Felide family,which includes three great cats Asiatic Lion,Bengal Tigers,wild cats and leopard, found in India are not in the so good population, Because of the excessive poaching, big cats in India are on the verge of extinction. There is only 1411 Royal Bengal Tiger left in India, Asiatic or great India lion only found in Gir national park. One of the most endangered species of felide family is snow leopard, found only in Himalaya Ranges. Snow leopard along with another felide member clouded leopard are the two highly endangered species of big cats  found now only with great range of Himalayas.

Ganges Dolphin


The Ganges River Dolphin is member of Cetacea family,which includes marine mammals porpoises and whales. Dolphins primarily found in the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers and their tributaries in India. They share their habitat with crocodiles, fresh water turtles. The blind Dolphin of holy river Ganges is the National Aquatic Animal of India.The India Rive shark is also listed as one of the endangered Species in India.



The gharial is one of the three crocodilians found in India the longest of all living crocodilians. The holy river Ganage is one the most habitat of the Gharial in India,the king of rivers also found in Chambal,Irrawady and Brahmaputra rivers. The gharial is listed as a most critically endangered species in India. Mass Gharial Deaths in Chambal river is still a mystery, one of the major cause is “polluted river water”.

Indian Bustard


The Great Indian bustard is one of the world’s heaviest flying birds is one of such rarest birds of Indian Sub continent. The Bird is found only in some parts of Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Rajasthan. Less than a thousand survive today and the species is threatened by hunting and loss of its habitat. Indian Vulture is another Endangered birds of India,vultures were being found dead and dying throughout India. Indian King Vulture found sharply in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Uttar pradesh.

Indian Rhinoceros


The Great Indian Rhinoceros also called as One Horned Rhinoceros found in India. The Indian Rhinoceros has a single black horn which is present in both male and female species. The Great Indian Rhinoceros is the fourth largest animal in the world. The large endangered mammal is primarily found in parts of north-eastern India, Today about 3,000 rhinos live in the wild, 2,000 of which are found in Manas and Kaziranga National Park Assam. Excessive hunting for its horn, reduced their natural habitat drastically.

Lion Tailed Macaque

Lion Tailed Macaque is India’s endangered primate species and also ranks among the rarest and most threatened monkey, endemic to the Western Ghats of South India.

Nilgiri Tahr

Nilgiri Tahr is a wild sheep species, Endangered and endemic to the Nilgiri Hills of the Western Ghats. The Nilgiri ibex closely related to the sheep, inhabits the open montane grassland habitat in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Sangai Deer

Sangai also called as brow antlered deer is endemic and endangered species of deer, found only in Keibul Lamjao National Park of Manipur.

Indian Pangolin

Indian Pangolin is found in the plains of India and listed as endangered due to hunting for its meat and for various body parts.

Wild Water Buffalo

Indian Wild water buffalo are native to the Indian Subcontinent and found mostly in Assam, they are largely restricted to in and around Kaziranga and Manas national park.

Indian Wild Dog


Indian Wild Dog or Dhole is one of the top predators of wild forest,living in packs, hunting cooperatively and highly social animals. Asiatic wild dogs is also called the whistling hunter, because it has an extraordinary vocal call. Dhole is found in national parks of Assam, Bengal, Gujarat, Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, and Nilgiri Biosphere reserve of south India.

It is estimated that only 2500 Dholes are left in the wild. Threats to the dhole species include habitat destruction and loss of its main prey. There is a documentary available in Nat Geo as “The PACK”, which was one of the best documentary ever made on Asiatic wild dogs.

Red Panda


The beautiful and endangered species,Indian Red Panda is also known by the name of Red Fox. From the two kinds of Red Pandas in the world, only one variety is found in India. India has 20 protected areas with Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal’s Khangchendzonga and Namdapha National Park. The endangered Red Panda live in temperate climates, in deciduous and coniferous forests, usually with an under story of bamboo and hollow trees.


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