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8 of the World’s Rarest Mammals (Slideshow)

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1. Mediterranean Monk Seal

Estimated Population: Fewer than 600

Once spotted on open beaches across the Mediterranean, these monk seals now call undersea caves their home. Their change in habitat developed as a response to the cave’s inaccessibility by humans — though they are a far more dangerous for newborn pups. [Petition: Expand Protection for Monk Seals]

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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10:20PM PDT on May 20, 2014

Please pick an endangered species and pledge some financial support. One place to do that is www.wildnet.org

10:40AM PST on Feb 20, 2013

Thanks for sharing

12:48PM PST on Jan 9, 2013

All of them are so beautiful!!!

2:58PM PST on Dec 14, 2012

Heartbreaking info, good pics.

2:56PM PST on Dec 14, 2012

Heartbreaking info, good pics.

6:57AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Who Knows What Other Species Are There Yet To Be Discovered. Protect Them And Their Natural Habitat Now For Our Future Generations To See.

8:07AM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

thank you, great

11:39AM PDT on Jul 13, 2012

WWF annouce not long ago that number of armur leopard double in China

3:32AM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

noted

4:26AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

So sad.
I love big cats, they are my favourite animals. The Iberian Lynx should be on here too. An estimated 80 in the wild (120 roughly in total, including captives). The most critically endangered cat and so beautiful. They are endangered because of hunting, persecution from locals, and habitat destruction, which has left their population so fragmented that they rarely meet, let alone breed. Very difficult to get their numbers back up because they are very slow breeders, breeding once every two to three years, and are very territorial so huge amounts of land are needed per cat. They don't do well in captivity, and it is estimated that they will become extinct in the near future. So sad because they are such wonderful animals.

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