7 Amazing Animals You Didn’t Know Were Almost Extinct

There are countless amazing animals in the world and sadly many of them are endangered or even extinct. While some animals get plenty of air time from conservation societies and preservation campaigns there are many that go under the radar. Tony Hakim Animal Lovers looks at some animals you may not have known were almost extinct.

The South China Tiger                                         

South China Tiger. Photo via Marsel Van Oosten www.flickr.com

South China Tiger. Photo via Marsel Van Oosten www.flickr.com

While it might be well known that tigers in general are close to extinction as their coats are highly prized for decorations and their habitat is being destroyed the South China Tiger is in a more perilous position that most. Its population is so that the only living specimens are in captivity and it considered “functionally extinct”.

 

Vaquita

Vaquita. Image via  wwf.panda.org

Vaquita. Image via wwf.panda.org

The Vaquita is basically a tiny little dolphin about half the size of a full grown man, this amazingly cute sea mammal lives in the Gulf of California, sadly there are only about 100 living examples of this creature.

 

Javan Rhino

Javan Rhino. Image via Alan Compost, Flickr.

Javan Rhino. Image via Alan Compost, Flickr.

Most people know Rhinos to come from Africa, the Javan Rhino used to inhabit most of south east Asia and down through Indonesia. Today there are only about 35 living specimens left of this gentle beast.

 

Amur Leopard

Amure Leopard via, Flickr.

Amure Leopard via, Flickr.

The Amur leopard is a very special species of leopard found in north east China and eastern Russia, this amazing creature has an exceptionally beautiful thick coat, something which has led to its downfall being hunted to all but 30 specimens.

 

Borneo Pygmy Elephant

Borneo Pygmy Elephant. Image via Attack of the Cute.

Borneo Pygmy Elephant. Image via Attack of the Cute.

You don’t usually see the words pygmy and elephant but this guy really exists, with only 1500 left you might not be hearing about them much longer. The smallest of all elephants lives in North Eastern Borneo.

 

Giant Chinese Salamander

 Giant Chinese Salamander. Image via Thomas Schwenker, Flickr.

Giant Chinese Salamander. Image via Thomas Schwenker, Flickr.

Sometimes it’s hard to be remembered when you’re not very pretty, the giant Chinese Salamander is the largest salamander in the world and it can grow to about six feet long. There may be only about 20% left of their original population.

 

Spade Toothed Whale

Spade Toothed Whale. Image via www.zonbicara.com

Spade Toothed Whale. Image via www.zonbicara.com

This animal is so rare that we don’t even have a guess at its population, over the last 150 years there have only been a few remains found with no live sightings. A mother and calf were found washed ashore in New Zealand in 2012 so we at least know there’s a male out there.

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