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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

15 World's cutest endangered animals (15 pics)

These 15 cute animals that have been listed as a endangered animals. Let's hope they don't go extinct and do our best to protect them.


1. Sand Kittens


15 cutest endangered animals in the world - sand kittens
Photo credit: Nir Elias / Reuters

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed the sand cat (Felis margarita) as a ‘threatened species'.


2. Fennec Fox

15 cutest endangered animals in the world, fennec fox
Photo credit: Yuriko Nakao / Reuters / Corbis

Native to North Africa and the Middle East, the Fennec fox isn’t currently considered an endangered species, but its habitat is under threat from human. Fennec fox have large ears that help it hunt at night and keep cool by radiating the desert heat.


3. Egyptian Tortoise

15 cutest endangered animals in the world, egyptian tortoise
Photo credit: Tony Gentile / Reuters / Corbis

The Egyptian Tortoise (Testudo kleinmani), also known as Kleinman’s tortoise or Leith’s tortoise, is believed to be extinct in Egypt, and thousands have been exported to the U.S. and other countries for breeding in captivity. It is considered critically endangered by the IUCN.


4. Sea Otters

15 cutest endangered animals in the world, sea otters
Photo credit: Alaska Stock / Corbis

Sea otter was hunted for their pelts to near extinction. Sea otter populations in the Pacific Northwest dwindled to less than 2,000 animals during the early part of the 20th century. Today, they are protected by law, and the species population has rebounded to 100,000 to 150,000.


5. Mexican Axolotl

15 cutest endangered animals in the world, mexican axolotl
Photo credit: Stephen Dalton / Minden Pictures / Corbis

The axolotl is a species of salamander, spending its entire life underwater. The Axolotl is nearly extinct in the wild, with fewer than 1,200 animals remaining in the Xochimilco area of central Mexico, its last remaining unspoiled habitat.


6. Slow Loris

15 cutest endangered animals in the world, slow loris
Photo credit: Thomas Marent / Minden Pictures / Corbis

The slow loris is the world’s only venomous primate. It keeps its poison in a sac near the elbow, which it sucks out and reportedly swirls around in its mouth before delivering a dangerous bite. Native to Indonesia, the slow loris is being hunted into extinction, thanks to the supposedly medicinal and spiritual qualities of its flesh.


7. Pika

15 cutest endangered animals in the world, pika
Photo credit: Getty Images

The pika is a small mammal related to the rabbit with rounded ears and no discernable tail. The American pika, according to the World Wildlife Fund, is particularly vulnerable to global warming because it lives in cool, relatively moist habitats found at high elevations — environments that could shrink dramatically as the Earth heats up.


8. Mandarin Duck

15 cutest endangered animals in the world, mandarin duck
Photo credit: Getty Images

The Mandarin ducks, native to East Asia, are one of the few duck species that is not hunted or raised for food; apparently they taste awful. The males of the species have dramatic plumage while the females are generally plainer. While development and large scale trapping have thinned their numbers, they’re still found across a wide swath of East Asia.


9. Beluga Whales

15 cutest endangered animals in the world, beluga whales
Photo credit: Getty Images

The Beluga whales were considered to be endangered in their Alaska habitat. There are an estimated 100,000 of the animals left in the wild. The Beluga whales are sometimes known as ‘Canaries of the Sea’, because of their wide range of vocalizations, including clicks, chirps and whistles.


10. Gray Gentle Lemur

15 cutest endangered animals in the world, gray gentle lemur
Photo credit: Getty Images

The Gray Gentle Lemur is one of several species found exclusively in Madagascar, where it feeds on bamboo, giving it its alternate name, the bamboo lemur.


11. Black Footed Ferrets

15 cutest endangered animals in the world, black footed ferrets
Photo credit: George Kochaniec, Jr. / The Rocky Mountain News / AP

The black footed ferret, a member of the weasel family, is considered endangered by the IUCN. In fact, the animals were declared extinct in 1979, although two years later a small population was discovered in Wyoming.


12. Matschie’s Tree Kangaroo

15 cutest endangered animals in the world, matschie's tree kangaroo
Photo credit: Wong Maye-E / AP

Found only in the rainforests of Australia, West Papua and Papua New Guinea, the tree kangaroos were considered to be endangered by the IUCN, because of their limited habitat. They literally live in trees, jumping from branch to branch on powerful front and back limbs.


13. Hawaiian Monk Seals

15 cutest endangered animals in the world, hawaiian monk seals
Photo credit: Jonathan Blair / Corbis

There are only about 1,100 Hawaiian monk seals left in the wild. Hunted to the brink of extinction in the 19th century, they are now a protected species.


14. Iberian Lynx Cubs

15 cutest endangered animals in the world, iberian lynx cubs
Photo credit: Reuters

The WWF fears that the Iberian lynx, native to Spain and Portugal, may be the first cat species to go extinct in more than 2,000 years. There are believed to be only 38 breeding females left in wild, thanks to human development and habitat loss.


15. Giant Panda

15 cutest endangered animals in the world, giant panda
Photo credit: Keren Su / Corbis

China’s iconic giant panda is struggling to survive; while its numbers appear to be higher than once suspected, there are still believed to be no more than 3,000 left in the wild. Despite strenuous efforts, they also don’t breed very well in captivity; they are also susceptible to poaching in the wild. The panda has been the symbol of the World Wildlife Fund since 1961.

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