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5 Lesser Know Animals That Are Critically Endangered

Takin, Bhutan

takin

Himalayan Takin

Himalayan Bhutan’s national animal. A member of the bovine family and distantly related to the Arctic musk oxen, all four sub-species of Takin are critically threatened throughout their range mainly by habitat loss. Their numbers are steadily declining every generation (approximately eight years) by about 10%

 

Iberian Wolf, Portugal

Iberian Wolf, Canus lupus signatus

Iberian Wolf, Canus lupus signatus

Iberian Wolf, Canus lupus signatus, one of only 300 individuals left in Portugal. Is calculated that an estimated 2,00 members of this species are still surviving in Spain, but with 80% of the wolf’s territory having been destroyed, future plans for its survival hinge upon ecological education and the sensitizing of the general public to the animal’s beauty, ecosystem importance, and fragility.

 

Arabian Oryx, Bahrain

Arabian Oryx

Arabian Oryx

Arabian Oryx went Extinct in the wild by the 1970s, several coordinated endangered species recovery programs throughout the Arabian Gulf region have managed to bring this beautiful desert animal back from the brink. While still highly vulnerable and endangered, there are now 1100 individuals in the wild

 

Takahe, North Island, New Zealand

Takahē, Notornis, or South Island Takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri)

Takahē, Notornis, or South Island Takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri)

Rediscovered in 1948 after having thought to be extinct since the early 20th century, this flightless rail today numbers approximately 300 birds mainly thanks to the brave recovery efforts made by the New Zealand conservation authorities, scientists and volunteers throughout the country

 

Wisent, Poland/Belarus (The European bison)

The European bison (Bison bonasus), also known as wisent

The European bison (Bison bonasus), also known as wisent

Once hunted to near extinction in the wild, the remaining 750 wild individuals exist only on the Poland-Belarus border, and on the Belarusian side of this ancient primeval forest known as Biaolowieza.

source:forbes



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