The Rarest Animals On Earth

Rarest Animals Sloth Up Close

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So what is the rarest animal on the planet? Actually, that is a surprisingly difficult question to answer. Accurately determining the number of animals in a particular species is not a walk in the park since most don’t really participate in censuses. Some animals are so rare that they might already be extinct and we just don’t know it yet. Others are extinct in the wild and can only be found in captivity. But from what we know, the four creatures featured below are as rare as prime rib.

Pygmy Three-toed Sloth

Sloth Fish

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The sloth is already one of the most adorable creatures on Earth, but to be honest, it’s not really much of a survivor. You put it in any kind of dangerous situation and it is likely to perform poorly. Therefore, it shouldn’t be that surprising to find out that the pygmy three-toed sloth is critically endangered.

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You’ll Love This British Underwater Photography Competition

The winning photographs from this year’s British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) DIVER competition give viewers a unique perspective on some of their favorite sea creatures. From a quirky, curious grey seal to an incredible fireworks anemone (scientific name Pachycerianthus multiplicatus), this year’s photos will wow you. Here are the underwater photography competition’s top images from all four major categories.

Fireworks Sea Anemone

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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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