Three Endangered Animals You May Not Have Known About
As you may know, some animals are extremely endangered, losing their habitats and numbers to poaching and other threats such as global pollution and climate change. In fact, there are over 3000 animal species in the world that are currently considered to be critically endangered. In this post, I bring you three such animals, which may not be as critically endangered as the giant panda or orangutan, but their populations are still dropping. Here are three endangered animals you might not have known about and a brief explanation of their current situation.
The three (3) endangered animals are:
The Iberian lynx
The Iberian lynx is a small cat found in Spain and Portugal. The Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) is one of the most endangered small cats in the world. It is found only in an exceedingly small area of Spain and Portugal, where hunters have wiped out nearly all its population. The Iberian lynx is an important part of the ecosystem of the Iberian Peninsula since it plays a crucial role in controlling the population of small rodents, which are also a food source for many of the native bird species.
A lot of people think lynx are cats. However, the Iberian Lynx is a unique subspecies of the species, and it is different from an actual cat. Lynx are nocturnal hunters and rely on scent to hunt. There are different types of lynx, including the Iberian Lynx, the Eurasian Lynx, and the American Lynx. Lynx also has distinct coats, varying color, texture, and pattern.
The Sumatran rhino
The Sumatran rhino is an animal native to Indonesia and the Philippines and is on the verge of extinction. Sumatran rhino, one of the rarest animals on earth, only exists on the island of Sumatra. Only around 100 individuals are remaining, and in order to save the subspecies, scientists are working on breeding them in captivity. Without this help they are well on the way to becoming extinct.
The Sumatran rhino has become one of the rarest species on the planet. They are a keystone species critical to the survival of their forest habitat, where they act as a keystone predator, preying on other species, including tigers and elephants.
Sumatran rhinos are the world’s smallest, weighing around 250 pounds (110 kilograms). They are one of the most endangered animals on Earth, with less than 80 wild individuals left on the planet. The key threat to their survival is habitat loss through deforestation and poaching.
The Javan rhino
It is a type of rhinoceros that lives on the Indonesian island of Java. Javan rhino, also known as the Sundra rhino, is the world’s largest surviving rhino species. Standing a foot and a half at the shoulder, these animals are larger than the rest of the rhino species in the world. They are also the rarest—only some 60 individuals are estimated to remain in the wild, located primarily in Indonesia and Malaysia.
Rhinos are the kings of the world when it comes to horn size, but in the wild, these big beasts are on the brink of extinction. About a third of the world’s rhinos are estimated to be poaching victims, which is why conservation efforts are high priority within the wildlife community. The critically endangered Javan rhino is one of the most threatened large mammal species on Earth.
The Javan rhino is a lowland species. It lives in Peninsular Malaysia and Southern Thailand. The population has been classified as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), meaning that it is threatened with extinction.
How Do We Help These Three Endangered Animals?
The world is full of endangered species. You can find them in forests, oceans, lakes, and rivers. There are hundreds of species that are on the brink of extinction. Some of the other most famous endangered animals include the blue whale, tiger, and snow leopard. These animals are under threat and on the brink of extinction. Since their extinction would be a huge loss for humanity, we must work together and do all we can to save them.