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20 Animals You Didn’t Know Are Going Extinct

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2. Peacocks

We wouldn’t think of peacocks as endangered, considering you can find them in any wildlife park, petting zoo and even random farms across the country. But there are subspecies of this flamboyant bird that are in danger of disappearing, including the Bornean Peacock Pheasant pictured above and the Hainan Peacock Pheasant of the island Hainan, China. For both species, habitat loss is a major factor for their decline. Only about 600-1,700 Bornean Peacock Pheasants and around 350-1,500 Hainan Peacock Pheasants left in the world.


Photo: Silvain de Munck

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2:45PM PST on Dec 16, 2013

Sad list.

8:11AM PST on Nov 11, 2013

Triste y preocupante. Gracias por publicar

5:23AM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

I hate to nit-pick but your Buffalo picture is the African Buffalo not a Water Buffalo. The UK's biggest problem is invasive species: the American Grey Squirrel, Canada Goose, Mink and Signal Crayfish are major blights on our ecosystems. Unfortunately, there are too many bleeding hearts that would rather have the Red Squirrel, the Water Vole and the White-clawed Crayfish go extinct than have a mass eradication programme of these harmful non-native species - oh, and a spineless government that claims to be the greenest ever but the only green credentials they have are the rotting corpses of the animals they have slaughtered for no good reason.

5:52PM PDT on Oct 8, 2013

Good synopsis, good info on the most critically endangered animals though these are (with the exception of rodents, birds and one spider) mostly examples of megafauna, of animals that can be observed through a telephoto lens from a distance. The majority of the some estimated 63,000 *species* going extinct annually do not come under this heading as most are plants, insects or other varieties of life just as much a part of the biosphere as a peacock or ground squirrel.
On a technical note I could not help noticing how much your "Water Buffalo" (Bubalus bubalis), resembled this much more massive but unrelated fellow, the African Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer)

3:15PM PDT on Oct 8, 2013

They aren't all "going extinct"

1. - Stable as of 2008, Endangered
2a/b. Actually might be "going extinct"
3. Successful captive breeding, unlikely to go extinct

I could go into each, but I won't. Given that the UN Environment Programme reckons 150-200 species go extinct daily, the more interesting article would be what species that we recorded have gone extinct, not hte ones that are endangered but stable. Also zebras, horses, etc. aren't going extinct as a family, only individual niche species within that family/group.

7:59PM PDT on Sep 21, 2013

sad, sad, sad, sad, sad, sad, sad, sad, sad, sad, sad, sad, sad, sad, sad, sad, sad, sad, sad, sad.......if humans don't wake up and start living with thoughts of the future then some day all life will be on this list.....

PS -- could we have had an intro page with a list of the 20 and then links to each page, took me way too long to load each page and read the whole thing, but I did....

12:40AM PDT on Sep 18, 2013


10:22AM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

Do something now before it's too late!

10:19AM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

Sad to hear.

7:10PM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

How long before humans are added to the list???

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