Almost Gone: The Worlds Rarest Animals by Steve JenkinsLets-Read-and-Find-Out about
Have you seen a northern hairy-nosed wombat or an eastern barred bandicoot? These animals are so rare, they might disappear forever, and theyre not alone. Read and find out about some of the animals that are almost gone.
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13 rare animals that are teetering on the brink of extinction
Every day, species around the planet are going extinct. And for each species that goes extinct, many more become and remain endangered due to habitat loss, poaching, and climate change. Found only on the island of Borneo, Bornean orangutans Pongo pygmaeus have a broader face and shorter beard than their cousins, Sumatran orangutans. The main threats for these animals are habitat loss forests are turned into rubber, oil palm or paper plantations and illegal hunting. Aggravating the problem, females only reproduce every six to eight years — the longest birth interval of any land mammal — which makes conservation efforts slow.
If you take it from some researchers , there are, give or take, 8. So scroll on, and say hello to some of the most uncommon beings to live and breathe on the surface of this floating rock. Herein are the rarest animals on earth, ranging from the cute to the extraordinary to the downright scary. The Seneca white deer are an extremely rare herd of deer who are leucitic, meaning they lack pigmentation in their body, but still have brown eyes. Due to their limited number—there are about in total—the species was given a protected space at the former Seneca Army Depot, where they are free from predators and open to the public to view.
The smallest living rhino has more in common with extinct wooly rhinoceroses than our modern rhino species. Poached to near-extinction for their horns, the Sumatran rhino may soon be gone for good — Only about individuals survive in small, fragmented populations in Indonesia. Once thought to be extinct, the Northern Bald Ibis was rediscovered in Syria in , but remains critically endangered. Now, only an estimated to mature individuals remain. This rare subspecies of leopard has adapted to live far from the jungle, in the Russian Far East. This beautiful big cat can run at speeds of 37 miles per hour, and has been reported to leap up to 19 feet horizontally and 10 feet vertically. This slow-moving mammal can only be found on Isla Escudo de Veraguas, off the coast of Panama.
Herein are the rarest animals on earth, ranging from the cute to the extraordinary to the downright scary. And for more of nature's weirdest.
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Current estimates place the number of animal species currently living on the planet at around 8. That number seems high, and it is. However, the dizzying array of forms of life still at large belies a crisis we're all, by now, painfully familiar with. Many animals that were previously thriving are now at a crisis point of potential extinction. The creatures on this list are among the very rarest in the entire world. Most of them enjoy that dubious distinction because of habitat loss, but some are simply rare and have always been rare.
All of the species on this list are critically endangered and will disappear entirely — unless drastic measures are taken to save them. There are about northern hairy-nosed wombats left in the wild. This wombat's nose is very important in its survival since the creature has very poor eyesight and needs its nose to smell food in the dark. This small three-toed sloth is endemic to Isla Escudo de Veraguas, a small island off the coast of Panama. A study found only 79 left in the wild.