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Illegal Hunting For Lemurs

Save the Otters

The skin of giant otters is very valuable, and these animals are hunted down throughout the world in their habitats. These animals have already disappeared in Uruguay, and there are a few left in Argentina.

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Koalas Are Number One in the List of Endangered Species

This Australian bear is in danger of extinction because of the deforestation of eucalyptus trees. Volunteers try to save them by giving them shelter, food and anything they can help to save these beautiful creatures from dying.

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Woodpeckers in the Southeastern US Need Help!

The ivory-billed woodpecker lives in the Southeastern part of the US and also in Cuba. This big woodpecker was considered extinct until 2004, when reports from Arkansas and Florida began to appear. However, a definitive proof for the ivory-bill’s continued existence was not confirmed, and if a population still exists, it is likely to be quite small and quite vulnerable.

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The Beauty of Eastern Russia

The Amur leopard is very rare. It lives only in the remote and snowy northern forests of eastern Russian’s Primorye region. It used to live in Korea and northern China, but the Amur leopard is now extinct in those regions.

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Javan Rhinoceros Lives in Indonesia

The Javan rhinoceros is the most endangered of the world’s five rhinoceros species. Only 40-60 animals remain on the western tip of the Island of Java that is in Indonesia in Ujung Kulon National Park. In 2011 the last member of another small population was killed by poachers in Vietnam’s Cat Tien National Park.

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Northern Sportive Lemurus of Madagascar

Recently researchers reported that there might be fewer than 20 of the Critically Endangered northern sportive lemurs left in the wild. According to the IUCN, the northern sportive lemur lives at the northern tip of Madagascar on and around just one small mountain. It is a tiny creature that has large eyes that give it better vision at night.

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Northern Right Wales Travel the Atlantic Ocean

The Northern Right whale is the most endangered of the entire world’s whale species. Around 350 individuals travel the Atlantic coasts of Canada and the US. During the whaling days in the 19th century, the right whale got its name because whalers thought it was the “right” whale to kill. 

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An Asian Unicorn!

The saola has been named the Asian unicorn because it is so rare and seldom seen. Also it is critically endangered, with no more than several hundred individuals remaining in several isolated areas of tropical forest stretching along the border between Vietnam and Laos.

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The Earth’s Biggest Turtle

The leatherback sea turtle is the earth’s biggest turtle. It has the largest range of any species, swimming all over the world from the tropics to the sub-polar regions.According to the IUCN, in 1982 there were approximately 115,000 of this kind of turtle in the world. Fourteen years later there were only approximately 25,000.

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The Largest Cat in the World

The Siberian tiger is the largest big cat in the world. Unlike the other tiger subspecies, which live in jungles, the Siberian one lives in the forests of Russia’s cold and snowy Far East. By the 1930s, Russia’s tiger population had dropped to around 40 individuals due to relentless hunting.

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The Chinese Giant Salamander

The Chinese huge salamander is the world’s largest amphibian. It was common throughout central, southwestern and southern China. However, the Chinese giant salamander has now almost completely disappeared due to its over-exploitation as a food source.

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A Little Dodo Bird

The little dodo bird just 12 inches in length is a relative of the famous “big” dodo bird, which was hunted to extinction some 400 years ago. Sadly, extinction threatens the little dodo too. A few hundred individuals remain on two Samoan islands.

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The Largest of the Four Gorilla Subspecies

The mountain gorilla is the largest of the four gorilla subspecies. A factor that has made it extremely vulnerable to a variety of human-related threats is its natural range in the highlands of east-central Africa. Ongoing wars and poverty have facilitated the illegal hunting of gorillas as well as illegal timber.

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Hawaiian Monk Seals Continue to Decline

Although Hawaiian monk seals tend to live far from humans, fewer than 1,000 of them remain, and still their numbers continue to decline. Researchers are unsure of the cause, but assume that changes in ocean conditions and competition from commercial fishermen may be reducing the numbers of the fish they depend on for food.

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Illegal Hunting For Lemurs

The Island of Madagascar is a home to dozens of species of lemurs. Almost all of them are disappearing very quickly due to habitat loss and illegal hunting. However, the most critically endangered of all of Madagascar’s lemurs is the greater bamboo lemur also known as the broad-nosed gentle lemur. Less than 100 greater bamboo lemurs remain on the island.

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