MORE ENDANGERED SPECIES
Added on: 30th Jan 2015
Found in the south eastern regions of Russia near the Chinese
border, the Amur leopard population is down to only 14–20
adults and 5–6 cubs were counted in a census in 2007, with a
total of 19–26 Amur leopards extant in the wild.
The direct translation of its name from Spanish means little cow and
its habitat is limited to the northern parts of the Gulf of California.
The estimated number of individuals dropped below 100 in 2014,
putting it in imminent danger of extinction.
Although the rhinoceros is considered to be one of the biggest
mammals on the planet, this specific breed is actually the smallest
of its kind. Their numbers are difficult to determine because they
are solitary animals that are widely scattered across their range,
but they are estimated to number fewer than 100.
Often mistaken for a pigeon or a duck, the Brazilian Merganser is
usually found within the country of Brazil although a few of them are
located in Argentina. Because of farming and mining activities that have
interrupted the ecological balance. It is one of the six most
threatened waterfowl in the world with possibly fewer than
250 birds in the wild and none kept in captivity.
The kakapo is one of the most unique birds you will ever see and
it is the only parrot incapable of flight. Found in New Zealand it only comes
in one colour, yellow green, and it even has whiskers under its beak.
The 126 remaining birds are extremely endangered.
The Hawaiian crow, also known as the Aumaka in the native Hawaiian
tongue, is now extinct in the wild. The last two known wild individuals of
this species disappeared in 2002. The species is now classified
as Extinct in the Wild by the IUCN Red List. While some 115
individuals remain (as of August 2014) in two captive breeding
facilities operated by the San Diego Zoo.
ARAKAN FOREST TURTLE
The Arakan forest turtle is so rare that it can only be found in the
Arakan hills of western Myanmar. Many believed that it went extinct in
1908 until it was rediscovered in 1994. Only 14 Arakan forest turtles are
housed in Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited institutions
in the United States.
Found on the Iberian peninsula (Spain and Portugal) the extinction of
the Iberian lynx would actually be the first of all the feline species in
the modern world. Captive breeding and reintroduction programs
have boosted their numbers. As of 2013, Andalusia has a
population of 309 living in the wild.