Portraits of critically endangered species. For several reasons these rare animals are disappearing from our planet; poaching, hunting, decreasing habitat or global warming.
How long before these animals have completely vanished and all that remains is just some images?
Panthera pardus orientalis
Habitat: Eastern Russia
The Amur leopard is a very rare leopard subspecies that lives only in the remote and snowy northern forests of eastern Russian’s Primorye region. Its former range included Korea and northern China, but the Amur leopard is now extinct in those countries.Threats facing the species include habitat loss due to logging, road building and encroaching civilization, poaching (illegal hunting) and global climate change.
Habitat : Indonesia
Population: fewer than 60
Perhaps the planet’s rarest large mammal. This species is very critically endangered, with only one known population in the wild, and no individuals in captivity. The habitats are getting smaller. In Vietnam, the last Javan rhino was killed in 2011. But the biggest threat for the rhinos are poachers. In Asia, rhino horn is promoted as a “remedy” for a wide range of ailments, from fever to arthritis to cancer, and, no doubt as a nod to its potent symbolism, as an aphrodisiac.
Habitat : USA & Cuba
Population : Unknown
The most critically endangered species on this list. The ivory-billed woodpecker lives in the Southeastern part of the US as well as Cuba. This huge woodpecker was considered extinct until 2004, when a handful of tantalizing reports of sightings in Arkansas and Florida began to trickle in. However, definitive proof for the ivory-bill’s continued existence has remained elusive, and if a population does exist, it is likely to be tiny and extremely vulnerable. The ivory-billed woodpecker owes its near- or complete extinction to habitat loss (logging) as well as over-exploitation by humans, who hunted it for its feathers.
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