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Animals and plants are considered endangered species when there are very few of them alive on Earth. They become extinct when not a single member of the species survives. About 900 species of plants and animals have gone extinct in the past 500 years, and more than 10000 others are now on the verge of joining them.

Just think about these distressing facts: 71 bird species have gone extinct in Hawaii alone since humans first arrived on the island; 12 out of 17 penguin species are currently suffering rapid population declines, the blue fin tuna has seen its population drop by 70% since 1980, and the list goes on.

Here’s a look at some countries with the greatest potential for disaster and improvement. The top 5 countries include Ecuador, the USA, Malaysia, Indonesia and Mexico.

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