They are on the verge of extinction.
The earth is home not only for us humans but also for thousands of other species of living beings – big and small, wild and friendly, colorful and not. Anyway, each of these types is unique and its preservation on our planet is very important for natural balance. Unfortunately, that person is the main reason for the extinction of many animals. Okapi and quokka, Lori and the dugong, kakapo and the coconut crab and other species are on the verge of extinction and will soon disappear forever.
1. The hohloch
Horlaci occur only in certain remote areas of the North Atlantic. These members of the family of seals is known for its unique nasal cavity located in the upper part of the head, which they deflated and inflated while swimming, as well as inflate when they feel danger.
2. Tree kangaroo
These marsupials live in the tropical forests of New Guinea and the Australian state of Queensland and, as the name implies, are members of the family of kangaroo that lives in trees. Hunting and forest destruction have reduced the numbers of these amazing creatures up to 1%.
These beautiful birds of the hawk family live in the Himalayas and other mountainous regions of Europe, Asia and Africa. Found in Russia, in the Caucasus and occasionally in the Altai and Sayan mountains. The bearded man is everywhere rare due to human persecution. These birds were almost completely destroyed in the last century, it was believed that they attack sheep and children. However, this is not true, as the bearded man does not hunt for live prey, and feeds on carrion. Currently, the world wildlife Fund believes that bearded men in the wild there are only 10 thousand.
4. The axolotl
Also known as the Mexican Salamander, these little amphibians inhabit the lakes of Central America. In 2010, these strange creatures were on the brink of extinction, and, according to research by 2013, scientists have been unable to find them in the wild.
The saiga inhabits the Eurasian steppe, including Dzungaria and Mongolia. This incredible creature that seems alien, has a strange nose, characterized by extreme flexibility and helping him to filter the dust raised by the flock during migration. Destruction of his person and loss of habitat has led to the fact that in nature there were only a few thousand.
6. European Proteus
Proteus lives in the caves of Central and southeastern Europe and is one of the few amphibians that is entirely aquatic. They eat, sleep and grow under water. Proteas spend their entire lives in complete darkness. They have no eyes, but they have incredible hearing and sense of smell. Water pollution led to their extinction.
7. Golden snub-nosed monkey
These striking primates live primarily in southern and Central China, at altitudes up to 4000 meters. Very rare, the species is under threat of extinction, listed in the Red book. Came under threat of extinction due to deforestation.
8. There is a Gharial
The Gharial is a unique animal among modern crocodiles. Although millions of years ago there were several species of them, today there is a Gharial is the last remaining representatives of this ancient family, and the only species of the family vavilovyh. Their long, thin jaws make them flexible and agile hunters of fish. Due to the destruction of man, their number has decreased to 2%. At the moment there are less than 235 individuals of this species, most of which are in India.
This weird species of monkeys known for its impressive nose, is found only on the island of Borneo. The number of these monkeys has dropped to 50% in the last 40 years. Currently, deforestation represents a major threat to proboscis monkeys. Also, this species suffers from hunting, although he is protected by law. According to the International Union for conservation of nature, the proboscis monkeys are endangered.
10. Irrawaddy dolphins
Irrawaddy dolphins is a rare species that lives in rivers and coastal regions of South and South-East Asia. While in Cambodia and Laos, they are considered sacred animals: fishermen love iravadiyskih Dolphin because it helps them to drive the fish into the net. But recent studies have shown that the Irrawaddy dolphins less than a hundred. The reason for the disappearance of the species was the overfishing and the extremely low survival of young. Old dolphins die, and replace them there, as only a few young animals reach adulthood.
11. Palm thief
The coconut crab is the largest arthropod in the world, it can weigh up to 9 kg. As the name suggests, these crabs climb trees in search of coconuts, then to break them with his powerful claws. Due to the fact that these giants are considered a delicacy, they were under the threat of extinction and are protected in some regions.
Kakapo, or owl parrot, is found in New Zealand and is the only flightless parrot, which also prefers nocturnal. European colonization of the island brought with them cats that did the kakapo an easy prey. These birds are endangered, there are only about 130 individuals.
13. The dugong
The dugong is one of four surviving species of sea cows living in the Pacific ocean off the East coast of Africa. These majestic giants are hunted for meat, taste like veal, and fat, hides and bones that go to crafts for ivory. Due to overexploitation and habitat degradation in most of its range the dugong became rare or disappeared.
Currently, fishing of dugongs is forbidden networks and their extracted harpoons from boats. Extraction is permitted as a traditional fishery of the indigenous peoples. The dugong is listed in the Red book of the International Union for conservation of nature with the status “vulnerable”.
14. Lori (Loris elusive)
Lori this species was seen only four times since 1937 and disappeared altogether in 1939-2002-M. it is Assumed that they are altogether extinct.
15. Ornamental tarantula
This species of spider can only be found in remote Indian forests. Collectors are asking $ 500 for these beautiful colorful arthropods, and this has led to the fact that their numbers dropped significantly, leading to the threat of extinction.
16. Markhor (markhor)
Markhor is the national symbol of Pakistan. His high status and beauty of his incredible horns markhor made a perfect target for hunters seeking to have a rare trophy. Today in the wild there are only about 2500.
17. Quokka (short-tailed kangaroo)
Quokka is very friendly marsupials that inhabit a small corner of South-Western Australia. Their kindness is part of the reason why they are in danger: as they may try, they can’t make friends with the dingoes and foxes.
This animal is also known as a Zebra giraffe. Okapi gained fame in the 1800s, after their discovery by British researchers.
19. Though the Okapi were discovered centuries ago, still few believe that this strange creature could be real. Today, you can find them only in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where they have about 10-20 thousand.