Top 5 Most Rare Animals in the World

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Pinta Island Tortoise
The Pinta Island Tortoise is found in the Galapagos Islands. This particular tortoise was thought to be extinct nearly 30 years ago. A ranger happened to find one, and it is the last one known to exist alive.

The Baiji

The Baiji is also known as the river dolphin, and found outside of China. This dolphin is so rare, it is possibly extinct now. The dolphins numbers dwindled due to competing for it’s food with humans. Humans hunt fish, and that was the main source of their survival.

The Vancouver Island Marmot
This Marmot is found largely in British Columbia. Back in the year 2000, researchers discovered their numbers had fallen to approximately 75. Some have been taken to rehab facilities to try and mate them. If they can increase their numbers to 400 to 500, this will prevent their extinction.

Seychelles Sheath-tailed Bat
This particular bat is found just north of Madagascar. It is said there are fewer then 100 left on earth. If their numbers could increase to 500 or more, we may not lose them to extinction.

The Javan Rhino
The Javan Rhino is found only in Indonnesia and Vietnam. There is said to be only about 50 still alive in existance today. Again, humans are to blame for their low numbers and possible extinction. They were poached for their horns and supposedly used for medical reasons.

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