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20 Surprising Animals You Didn’t Know Are Going Extinct

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20 Surprising Animals You Didn’t Know Are Going Extinct

When it comes to the Endangered Species List, some animals stand out as celebrities: polar bears, giant pandas, rhinos, snow leopards… But sadly, the list is so extensive that there are many species you may never have suspected are endangered. Here are twenty of them.

1. Zebras

An icon of the African plains and a necessity in any wildlife documentary about lions going a-huntin’, the zebra is actually in trouble. Well, really, it’s the Grevy’s zebra. There are several species of zebra in Africa, including the Plains zebra, Mountain zebra and the Grevy’s zebra. Among them, the Mountain zebra is listed as vulnerable but the Grevy’s is in dire straits with only about 2,500 individuals left in the wild.


2. Peacocks

We wouldn’t think of peacocks as endangered, considering you can find them in any wildlife park, petting zoo, and even in 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 are left in the world.

Photo Credit: Fowl vet (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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By Jaymi Heimbuch, TreeHugger

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6:53AM PST on Mar 3, 2014

I was not sure if I wanted to read this article...but to help (or try to help or to find a way to do that) we need to be informed... Soooooo sad...

3:40AM PST on Dec 31, 2013

sadly noted

4:44PM PST on Dec 21, 2013

Sadly Noted. This is the link I found after reading the other article about endangered animals - it's heartbreaking.

1:30PM PST on Dec 19, 2013

Very sad!

6:56PM PST on Dec 16, 2013

sadly noted........I knew about most, but a few were new to me, too

2:23PM PST on Dec 16, 2013

How very sad.
What mankind has done to this beautiful planet does not bear thinking about.
We must all do something about it before it is too late and we have no wildlife left at all.

2:10PM PST on Dec 16, 2013


8:18AM PST on Dec 16, 2013

Why must man always kill! Signed. So sad.

5:51AM PST on Dec 16, 2013

How very, very sad.

7:33AM PDT on May 18, 2013


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