Click to Watch in HD > These Animals Become Extinct in Your Lifetime

Watch These animals are just a fraction of the thousands in danger of extinction… 1. Hooded Seal Hooded seals, which are found only in the central and western North Atlantic, have been heavily hunted since the turn of the century. Prior to the 1940s, they were hunted for leather and oil deposits, though more recently, threats include subsistence hunting, and bycatch. 2. Tree Kangaroo Tree kangaroos, as their name suggests, are marsupials who live in trees. They live in the tropical rainforests of New Guinea, far northeastern Queensland, Australia, and other islands in the region. The two most significant threats to tree kangaroos are habitat loss and hunting. Their natural habitats are destroyed by logging and timber production which, in turn, exposes them to predators. They are also hunted by native tribes and communities, which markedly contributes to the population decline of the species. 3. Bearded Vulture These exotic looking birds of prey inhabit Mount Everest, the Himalayas, and other mountainous regions of Europe and Asia. Bearded vultures have been persecuted in significant numbers because people feared (without justification) that they regularly carried off children and domestic animals. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) estimates that are are only 10,000 pairs in the wild worldwide. 4. Axolotl The axolomeh (maddeningly, the plural of axolotl), which are also known as Mexican walking fish, are actually not fish at all. These amphibians originate from numerous lakes, such as Lake Xochimilco underlying Mexico City. As of 2010, wild axolomeh are nearly extinct due to urbanization in Mexico City and consequent water pollution, and a 2013 search turned up no surviving individuals in the wild. 5. Saiga Antelope Originally inhabiting the Eurasian steppe, including Dzungaria and Mongolia, the saiga antelope is probably one of the most unique looking creatures in the world. Currently, it is only found in one location in Russia, and three areas in Kazakhstan. The saiga antelope has been heavily hunted for centuries. Its horn is used in traditional Chinese medicine, which has wiped the population out completely in China, where it is a Class I Protected Species, and drives major poaching and smuggling. 6. Olm This bizarre-looking creature is actually a salamander that inhabits the caves of Central and Southeastern Europe. Unique for an amphibian, it is entirely aquatic, living in complete darkness, it has very underdeveloped eyes, but incredible senses of hearing and smell. Because the olm is extremely vulnerable to changes in its environment due to its adaptation to the specific conditions in caves, it is currently in danger of extinction due to water pollution. 7. Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey The adorable little monkey, which is unique to a small area in the temperate, mountainous forests of Central and Southwest China, are only found in heights of 1,500 to 3,400 meters. Because of their highly selective diet of lichen (which is found in the highest concentration in dead trees) their habitats have been greatly endangered by deforestation. 8. Gharial Native to the Indian Subcontinent, the gharial is one of the largest of all living crocodilians, measuring up to twenty feet long and 350 pounds. The global gharial population is estimated at fewer than 235 individual creatures, which are threatened by loss of riverine habitat, depletion of fish resources and use of fishing nets. 9. Proboscis Monkey This strange looking monkey is entirely unique to the island of Borneo. In Malay, it’s often called monyet belanda (“Dutch monkey”), or even orang belanda (“Dutchman”), as Indonesians remarked that the Dutch colonizers often had similarly large bellies and noses. Take that, colonization! The total population of the proboscis monkey has decreased by more than fifty percent in the past 40 years, due to ongoing habitat loss and hunting. 10. Irrawaddy Dolphin While similar in appearance to beluga whales, the irrawaddy dolphin is actually most closely related to killer whales. The worldwide population of these dolphins is 7,000, with over 90% occurring in Bangladesh. The irrawaddy dolphin is primarily threatened by bycatch, as well as overfishing. 11. Coconut Crab The largest land-living arthropod in the world, the coconut crab, can reach up to 9 pounds and 3 foot 3 inches in length from leg to leg. That’s the size of a small child. Found on islands across the Indian Ocean and parts of the Pacific Ocean as far east as the Gambier Islands, its distribution closely matches that of the coconut palm. Interestingly enough, its name comes from the ability to climb coconut trees and crack open the coconut with its powerful claws. Since it is considered a delicacy and aphrodisiac by Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander cultures, however, the species’ survival is at stake. 12. Kakapo 13. Dugong 14. Horton Plains Slender Loris 15. Gooty Spider 16. Markhor 17. Quokkas 18. Okapi

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