Planet Earth is home to a wide diversity of animal and bird species. Unfortunately, some are on the verge of extinction. There are many reasons for this threat, and they include pollution, urbanization, hunting and ecosystem destabilization. Let us see some of the endangered animals around the world.
These four sand kittens were born 3 weeks ago at the Ramat Gan Safari near Tel Aviv, an open-air zoo. They are considered extinct inIsraeland it has been listed as an endangenderd species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Though, the Fennec Fox is not an endangered species now, its territory is under danger from tourism and development. It is usually founded inNorth Africaand theMiddle East.
The Egyptian Tortoise which is also known as Kleinman’s tortoise orLeith’s tortoise is regarded as seriously endangered by the IUCN. It is reported that thousands have been exported to theU.S.and other countries for breeding in captivity. It is on the verge of extinction inEgypt.
Sea Otter has been hunted for its fur and now it is in the list of threatened species. Sea Otter populations in thePacific Northwestreduced to less than 2,000 animals during the first half of the 20th century. Now they are safeguarded by law.
The axolotl is closely related to the Tiger salamander. The Axolotl is nearly extinct in the wild due to the urbanization in theMexicoand pollution in the waters. They are only 1,200 animals left in the Xochimilco area of centralMexico.
Native toIndonesia, the slow loris has been hunted for the supposedly medicinal and spiritual value of its flesh. They are on the verge of extinct now. But eager trappers remember the slow loris is also the world’s only venomous monkey.
The pika, a small mammal, is a native to Asia, North America and parts of Eastern Europe. As the American pika live in cool climate, it is mainly defenseless to global warming.
The Mandarin duck can be found inEast Asia. It is similar to peacock in the sense that the males of the species have dramatic plumage. The Mandarin duck is nearly extinct due to the development and large scale trapping. As they taste terrible, they are one of the few duck species that is not used for food.
TheU.S.government considers the Beluga to be endangered in theirAlaskahabitat. It gained its name from its distinctive head bulge and white color. They are also called as ‘Canaries of the Sea’. There are an estimated 100,000 of the animals left in the wild.
The black footed ferret is regarded as endangered by the IUCN. In fact, the animals were declared extinct in 1979; although two years later a small population was found inWyoming. Due to the conservation efforts, there are about 1,000 of the animals across the centralU.S.states.
The tree kangaroos are found only in the rainforests ofAustralia, West Papua andPapua New Guinea, at elevations of around 11,000 feet. They are considered endangered and has been listed endangered species under the IUCN.