15 Endangered Animals You Should Know About

Endangered Animals Markhor

The markhor goat, with its impressive coiled horns, is the national animal of Pakistan and the inspiration for a marionette in Afghan puppet shows called buz-baz. There are fewer than 2,500 adult members of the species across Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Source: Flickr

At the first congress of UNESCO in 1948, multiple governments, international organizations and national nature conservation groups agreed to form the International Union for the Protection of Nature or IUCN, which would later shed light on the dangers of sprawl, over-fishing and deforestation. Though subsequent changes in human habits were not immediate, their work would prompt individuals and nations to take a long, hard look at environmental issues and their place in it. In recent years, increased lobbying and strategic PR campaigns have drawn even more attention to the conservationist cause.

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Lemurs

Like humans, lemurs tend to avoid risk. In a study performed by scientists at Duke University, a group of lemurs were given a choice between two images. If the lemur chose the first picture, he/she would either get several sugar cubes, or none. By choosing the other picture he/she was guaranteed one sugar cube every time. Lemurs, repeatedly and overwhelmingly, chose the picture that corresponded with one sugar cube. Concrete Online

Like humans, lemurs tend to avoid risk. In a study, lemurs could pick one of two pictures. If the lemur chose the first picture, he/she would either get several sugar cubes, or none. By choosing the other picture he/she was guaranteed one sugar cube every time. Lemurs, repeatedly and overwhelmingly, chose the picture that corresponded with one sugar cube. Concrete Online

Lemurs are small prosimians, or primitive primates, best known for their huge, adorable-bordering-on-creepy eyes. They’re native only to the island of Madagascar and the neighboring Comoro Islands, and the word “lemur” comes from lemures, a Latin word that means “spirits of the night.” While lemurs are related to modern primates, they more closely resemble an older ancestor of primates which existed tens of millions of years ago.

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Wild Tiger Populations Greatly Diminished By Poachers

While more than 100,000 wild tigers roamed Asia and surrounding areas 100 year ago, now only as few as 3,200 wild tigers exist. In short, we have lost about 97 percent of the wild tiger population in one century. As with other endangered animals, human expansion, poaching, climate change and illegal wildlife trade all contribute to the rapid decline in tiger populations. Since illegal wildlife markets value every single part of tigers from whisker to tail, poachers continue to capitalize on diminishing tiger populations, killing as many as two tigers a week.

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By-The-Wind Sailors Swarm The West Coast

Velella Velella Invade West Coast

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Beachgoers on the West Coast were treated to a bizarre sight this summer when thousands of peculiar sea creatures commonly called “by-the-wind sailors” washed ashore. These small, jellyfish-like marine life (scientific name Velella velella) are about 2.75 inches in length and have a bluish tint to their rather translucent form. Due to their unique, sail-like shape, these aptly nicknamed creatures are at the mercy of the sea. When wind conditions change, so do their destinations, which is why so many of the Velella velella have made their way onto the beach this year.

Up Close By-The-Wind Sailors

Source: Toner Barato

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