Many animals that were previously thriving are now at a crisis point of potential extinction.
The creatures on this list include some of the rarest & mysterious creatures in the entire world. Some animals are so rare that they might already be extinct and we just don’t know it yet.
There are many reasons that cause the decline of their existence such as the changes in their habitat and the environment.
Here are some of their precious images captured & a bit of knowledge about them:
#1. Red Wolf
Wildlife conservationists increased the number of Red Wolves in captivity to 207, and today there are about 100 living in the wild.
They are a cousin to the Gray Wolf. The Red Wolf was actually deemed extinct in the wild in 1980. There were, luckily, some Red Wolves still in captivity, twenty to be exact.
So, what was the factors that caused this Red Wolf to still be exist today? And that too in that their hunting ground has been severely depleted?
It was only because of the wildlife preserves that allow these wolves to live in their natural habitat, though protected from urban sprawl.
#2. Jamaica Rock Iguana
Time ago it was declared extinct for many years, but was found again in the remote Hellshire Hills of Jamaica in 1970.
This discovery inspired the formation of the IUCN SSC Iguana Specialist Group. It has worked with local conservation partners over the past 20 years to increase the wild population of Jamaican Iguana.
This significantly increased the number of nesting females and annual hatchlings over six-fold, with at least 200 individuals in the wild today.
Iguanas plays a vital role in ecosystem, Forest health depends on them! They feed on fruits and flowers and helps the germination of seeds and their dispersal, thereby benefiting many other species in the forest.
Tarsiers found only in the islands of Southeast Asia- Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines. They mostly live in Borneo. These little primates are only 4-6 inches tall, but their hind legs are twice the length of their torso.
Tarsiers are the only primates who are completely carnivorous – insectivorous to be exact. They stalk bugs and jump at them. They also eat small animals like birds, bats, lizards, and snakes.
Their main physical features is their eyes, each is the size of their brains. Tarsiers are currently on the list of Critically Endangered and will likely be on that list for some time.
#4. Elegant Stubfoot Toad
Well defined black spots or blotches are always present on the back and on the limbs. The belly is yellow. Toads from the Gorgona Island are brown in colouration.
Fore and hind limbs are slender with webbed fingers and toes. Their Natural habitat are lowland and submontane humid rainforests.
They comes under the ICUN Red List, Threats to this species include disease, habitat destruction, and habitat degradation. Conservation measures underway are protecting its habitat through national parks and closely monitoring the species.
#5. Peruvian Black Spider Monkey
Known in the Amazon forests of southeastern Peru by its Quechua name “maquisapa” (maqui = hand,sapa = large). They has been one of the species of monkey most affected by the habitat destruction, fragmentation or alteration caused by the growing presence of humans.
And that’s why it has been classified as endangered since 2014 by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The spider monkey is a key component of the ecosystems it inhabits, influencing the composition and function of these areas of forest.
It also contributes to regeneration through its feeding habits and territorial range, which combine to make it an efficient disperser of the seeds of several Amazon tree species.
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