The delicate natural balance is being affected by us every day. We destroy forests, burn plains, pollute the ocean and are effectively changing the natural habitat of most animals in the world. So much so that over 33% of known animals is on the red list of endangered animals.
Below are just some of the amazing (and sometimes frightening) animals that we might never see again in the near future.
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Here’s 18 Incredible animals you probably didn’t know exist!
#1. Coconut Crab
Coconut crabs are the largest example of arthropods in the world, weighing up to 9 kilos. Considered a delicacy by some, these crustaceans are protected in some areas.
#2. Hooded Seal
Hooded seals are found only in small areas of the North Atlantic and are heavily hunted. The seal is known for its unique nasal cavity located at the top of his head, which inflates and deflates while swimming. The campaign also inflates when it feels threatened, it attracts mates and symbolizes health and higher status. These huge animals can weigh up to 900 pounds and measure 8 feet lang.
#3. Tree Kangaroo
These marsupials live in the rainforests of New Guinea and Queensland, and as the name suggests, are members of the family of Kangaroos hat live in trees. Hunting and deforestation has drastically reduced the numbers of these amazing animals.
#4. Bearded Vulture
These beautiful birds inhabit the Everest, the Himalayas and other mountainous regions of Europe and Asia. Bearded Vultures were almost eradicated in the last century due to fear of them attacking children and lambs, and now, the WWF estimates that there are only 10,000 left on the planet.
Also known as the Mexican salamander, these little odd amphibians inhabited several lakes in Central America, including Lake Xochimilco in Mexico City. Since 2010, the strange creatures have been critically endangered and in a 2013 study, scientist failed to find any salamanders in the wild.
#6. Saige Antelope
The Saige Antelope is one of the world’s most ancient mammals, having shared the Earth with sabre-tooth tigers and woolly mammoths, 250,000 years ago. Thought to be extinct at one time, they are also referred to as living fossils. Today, only a few thousand of these animals can be found in Mongolia and Dzungaria.
The Olm lives in the caves of Central South-eastern Europe and is one of the few creatures that is considered a completely aquatic amphibian. They eat, sleep underwater and spend its entire life in complete darkness. The Elm has never developed eyes and instead has incredible senses of hearing and smell. Water pollution has led to its downfall.
#8. Langur Chato
David Attenborough one said that these wonderful monkeys are like “elves”. They can be found in Asia, at a height of up to 13,000 feet. Therefore, these primates, with a short stump for a nose, are rarely seen. These strange and mysterious monkeys have become critically endangered because of deforestation.
The world population of the Gharial Crocodile is thought to be less than 235, most of which are in the Indian subcontinent. These beasts are 20 feet long, weigh 350 pounds and dominated all major river systems, as their long, slender jaws make them extremely agile hunters. Overfishing has brought these animals on the verge of extinction.
#10. Proboscis Monkey
This strange kind of monkey, found only on the island of Borneo, is known for his enormous belly and nose. These features gave it the nickname Dutch Monkey” after the Indonesians said the Dutch settlers who arrived on the island had great guts like these monkeys. The population of these monkeys have been greatly diminished in the last 40 years due to deforestation.
#11. Irrawaddy Dolphins
Irrawaddy Dolphins are found in the coastal areas of South and Southeast Asia. These animals are known for their domed forehead and short beak. Recent studies put their numbers at just 77, citing overfishing as the main threat.
The Kakapo is the world’s fattest parrot and due to their weight problems, the only flightless parrot. Originally from New Zealand, the European colonization of the island brought cats the island who would make the Kakapo and easy prey. These birds are critically endangered, with only about 128 specimens remaining in some of the predator-free islands.
The Dupongo is one of only four living species of Sea Cows and can only be found in the Pacific Ocean near the east coast of Africa. These majestic animals have long been hunted for their meat and oil, leaving them in danger of extinction.
#14. Loris Elusive
The slender Loris Elusive of Horton Plains has been seen only four times since 1937 and disappeared altogether from 1939-2002, razing fears that the primate was extinguished. The few that currently remain can be found in Sri Lanka. They have big eyes, giving them excellent night vision, but have also given birth to superstition. Locals believe that the flesh of this animal can cure Leprosy, and its body parts can be used to ward off curses and spells.
15. Gooty Spider
This beautiful colored spider can only be found in a small Indian forest of around 60 square miles. Collectors offer up to $500 for these spiders and this has led its population to fall significantly.
The Markhor looks like something straight out of a Fantasy book and it’s easy to see why it is the national animal of Pakistan. But regardless of its high status, they became a favourite for trophy hunters and today there are just 2,500 remaining.
Quakkas are extremely friendly marsupials, found in a small corner of soutwestern Australia. Ironically, their kindness partly explains why they are at risk as they have been known to approach dingos’ and foxes in the hope of making friends.
Known as the “Giraffe Zebra”. This animal rose to fame during the 1800s, when they were found by British explorers-yet no one at home believed that this strange creature could be real. Today, you can only find them in the Democratic Republic of Congo and there are only around 10,000 of them left.
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