Species around the world are quickly disappearing according to the Guardian. Right now, 15 percent of mammal species and 11 percent of bird species are listed as threatened with extinction.
As the human population grows, we are using up more resources and destroying the natural habitats of these animals. There’s also pollution, over-fishing, and climate change that are causing disruptions in animal populations.
Below is a list of the animals that may become extinct, which you might like to know of. It is not complete, but it will give you an idea.
Axolomeh (the plural form of axolotl) are called Mexican walking fish, even though they are not fish at all. They are amphibians that come from the many lakes in Mexico City.
Water pollution and urbanization of Mexico City caused this species to become nearly extinct. A 2013 search was unable to locate surviving animals in the wild.
These birds can be found on Mount Everest, the Himalayas, and certain regions of Europe and Asia. Bearded vultures were hunted because people believed they carried off children and domestic animals. The World Wildlife Fund says there are only 10,000 surviving pairs in the wild.
The coconut crab is the largest land dwelling arthropod. It can grow to be three foot, three inches and weigh nine pounds. That is the same size as a small child.
It can be found on islands in the Indian Ocean and some areas of the Pacific Ocean. It has a similar distribution as the coconut palm.
Its name was derived because it has the ability to crack open a coconut with its claws. It is considered a delicacy and aphrodisiac and so it is in high demand in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands.
Found in the Indo-West Pacific, the dugong is the only living representative of the Dugongidae species. For thousands of years, the dugong has been hunted for its meat and oil. It has a slow reproduction rate and a long lifespan, which makes it especially vulnerable to extinction.
The Gharial is the largest of all living crocodilians. It measures up to twenty feet long and can weigh 350 pounds. It is native to the Indian subcontinent.
Globally, there are fewer than 235 individual creatures.
Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey
This small monkey is native to forests of Central and Southwest China. They are found in places with heights of 1,500 to 3,400 meters. They have a very selective diet. Deforestation has limited their habitat.
The Gooty Spider was first found in Gooty, India. It has an incredible ability to reflect a brilliant metallic blue color.
Their habitat has been endangered because of logging and firewood harvesting. They are also in demand in the pet trade market.
Only found in the central and western part of the North Atlantic, the hooded seal is heavily hunted. Before the 1940s, they were killed for leather and oil deposits.
Horton Plains Slender Loris
The Horton Plains Slender Loris has made very few appearances since 1937. It was thought to be extinct in 2002 until it was rediscovered in 2009. Current estimates state that there may only be 100 of these animals left in existence.
The irrawaddy dolphin is closely related to killer whales. Worldwide, it has a population of 7,000 with most concentrated in Bangladesh. Over-fishing is threatening this species.