ANIMALS ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION:
At the verge of extinction these animals are forced to bear the brunt of mankind with our growing population and evolution of technology, detrimental to these animal’s habitats. We must be weary of the destruction we cause and take many precautions, as advertised by animal welfare groups in order to help keep some of our rarest and most treasured creatures alive.
10. Proboscis monkey:
The Proboscis Monkey has unique features, uncommonly seen in most monkey species. It can be easily distinguished by its long nose, hence the name “Proboscis”. It lives deep within the mangrove forests of Borneo in Southeast Asia. It is in danger of becoming extinct because of their habitats being deforested at the hands of humans.
9. Iberian Lynx
The Iberian lynx is heavily spotted and weighs about half as much as the Eurasian species, with long legs and a very short tail with a black tip. Its coat is tawny with dark spots and it bears a characteristic "beard" around its face and prominent black ear tufts. If this breed of wild cat becomes extinct it will be the first species of cat to become extinct in 2,000 years! According to data from WWF, only 100 Lynx’s were known to exist in the wild, with only 25 females. This is a damning statistic and shows that the dwindling numbers of Iberian Lynx’s is no doubt a result of the human population constantly growing, and wanting more space to thrive as we do so. All at the cost of the Lynx’s habitats.
8. Sumatran Tiger
With less than 200 individuals in the wild this Tiger is found exclusively on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, the last stronghold for tigers in Indonesia. Accelerating deforestation and rampant poaching across the Sumatran tiger's range mean that unless authorities enforce the law, this subspecies will soon follow the fate of its extinct Javan and Balinese relatives.
7. Black Rhinoceros
Despite being known as the “Black” rhino they are mainly dark yellow brown to dark brown or dark gray. The black rhinoceros has two horns, and occasionally a third small posterior horn. The anterior horn is longer than the posterior, averaging 50cm long. After a long period of these majestic and powerful beasts being poached for their horns illegally, finally conservation efforts have been put in place however the Rhino still remains in constant threat of being extinct.
6. Javan Rhinoceros
With fewer than 50 remaining in the world these are the rarest large mammal in the world. This particular breed of Rhino can only be found on the Indonesian Island, Java. It’s the rarest species of Rhino and its being pushed to the brink of extinction due to poaching. It can be distinguished from other breeds of Rhinos by its convoluted looking skin folds and only having one horn.
This small porpoise found of the Gulf of Mexico is critically endangered due to fisheries accidently and carelessly entangling them in their fishing nets. There are fewer than 100 Vaquita left in the ocean and this number will only continue to dwindle if strong action is not taken against Mexican local fisheries. Save this incredible creature from extinction by ensuring all seafood that you purchase is MSC certified.
4. Mountain gorilla
As the name suggests the mountain gorilla lives at high altitudes, mostly in the mountain forests of the Congo basin. They are a very large species of ape with thick masses of dark fur covering their bodies. The fur helps them to survive in a habitat where temperatures often drop below freezing. But as humans have moved more and more into the gorillas’ territory, the gorillas have been pushed farther up into the mountains for longer periods, forcing them to endure dangerous and sometimes deadly conditions.
3. Amur Leopard
The Amur leopard is a solitary creature with typical leopard spots and a thick coat. People usually think of leopards in the savannas of Africa but in the Russian Far East, a rare subspecies has adapted to life in the temperate forests that make up the northern-most part of the species’ range.The Amur leopard is poached largely for its beautiful, spotted fur. In 1999, an undercover investigation team recovered a female and a male Amur leopard skin, which were being sold for $500 and $1,000 respectively in the village of Barabash, not far from the Kedrovaya Pad reserve in Russia.
2. Borneo Pygmy Elephant
Once believed to be remnants of a domesticated herd given to the Sultan of Sulu in the 17th century, pygmy elephants were determined by WWF to be genetically different from other Asian elephants. DNA evidence proved these elephants were isolated about 300,000 years ago from their cousins on mainland Asia and Sumatra. Over time, they became smaller with relatively larger ears, longer tails and straighter tusks. Today, the pygmy elephants of Borneo are the smallest elephants in Asia. There are only about 1,000 elephants now left in the wild and numbers only continue to decrease as tree loggers are destroying their homes to cater for the expanding human population.
1. White-Headed Langur
The very cute Golden-Headed Langur is one of the rarest species of monkey in Asia. The golden-headed langur is considered to be one of "The World's 25 Most Endangered Primates," And is assumed to have declined by 80% over the last three generations. The white-headed Langur is distinguished from its other monkey species by its wider set eyes and white or tangerine colored fur tuffs on the top of its head.