Rare animals that might become extinct in a few years

Animals and their varying morphological features, just as any other living thing, are enough to spark our interest in them. Their capabilities to catch prey and sense danger and their ability to survive in varying landscapes and temperatures have baffled mankind from the primitive days. However, mankind has endangered certain animal species through our reckless deforestation campaigns, illicit animal poaching activities, and certain other actions that have challenged the living conditions of these innocent lives.

1. The Geometric tortoise

The geometric tortoise is an incredibly attractive tortoise, which is also a protected species due to their endangerment. Found in South Africa, their population has been decreasing on a drastic level.

2. Amur Leopard

The Amur Leopard is one stellar cat, and is usually found in the frozen forests of Russia. Covered with a thick fur with typical leopard skin, the Amur Leopard can survive extreme cold. However, due to excessive environmental degradation, the population of this beautiful species has declined to around just 57 Amur Leopards, making it a protected species.

3. Vaquita

A breed similar to that of Dolphins and whales, Vaquita porpoise has been declared an endangered species because of their limited food supply and the threat of being caught in fishing nets.

4. Gooty Tarantula

The Gooty or the Metallic tarantula gets its name from the impressive exterior it possesses. Royal blue, black and a lustrous white color come together to imitate a metallic luster on it. The Gooty Tarantula can be found in parts of Sri Lanka and India.

The Gooty Tarantula is a protected species, because of its environmental degradation and poor habitat conditions.

5. Northern Bald Ibis

With its bare head, a long red beak protruding from its face, and black feathers covering its body, Northern Bald Ibis is quite a big bird. The Ibis has become a protected species as its numbers are declining rapidly, due to hunting and habitat degradation.

6. Hirola

Hunter’s Antelope or Hirola can be found near the border separating Somalia and Kenya. Hirola are regularly hunted for their meat, by the local population. Around 500 Hirola can be found in the wild and are declining on a constant rate.

7. Franklin’s Bumblebee

The Franklin’s bumblebee can be found in California. Like any other bee, Franklin’s bumblebee collects nectar from wild flowers and helps in dispersing pollen. This little bee has been endangered due to habitat destruction and the spread of deadly diseases in them from the use of commercial bumblebees.

8. Pygmy Three-toed sloth

The three-toed sloth is surprisingly a great swimmer. They have been found on an island adjacent to Panama, but their population has been declining ever since. The main reason behind this endangerment is the destruction of its living habitat.

9. Javan Rhino

The Javan Rhino is a protected species as they are naturally very rare in existence. Due to a small population, breeding opportunities are few. Furthermore, poachers hunt them down for their valuable horns, which has further led to a decrease in their population.

10. Black Eyed Tree Frog

An undoubtedly adorable amphibian, the black-eyed tree frog is found in South America and its adjacent regions. The Black-eyed frog has been labelled as a protected species due to the threat of habitat destruction. Another important factor that contributes to its declining population is that black eyed tree frogs are vulnerable to an infectious disease called Chytrid Fungus.

These animals and many others can be protected by the Wildlife Agencies only if we try to preserve their natural habitats, ban illegal poaching activities and promote their breeding patterns.

To do your bit support charities such as:

World Wildlife Fund – helps protect any breed that needs protecting
Rare Breeds Survival Trust
International Rhino Fund –
Project Aware Foundation – Ocean life/scuba based marine conservation
Jane Goodall Institute – supports natural habitat, chimpanzees and gorillas
British Hedgehog Preservation Society – and yes, due to over development our hedgehog numbers have decreased dramatically too.