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Helpless to human cruelties, natural calamities, competitions for food with other animals and modernization, these animals could only whisper and cried… HELP! Studies done in 2010, revealed that about 35 species of animals have global populations of less 1000. Below is a compilation of the 10 most rarest animals in the world. Read and learn! Who knows, this may be your last time to see them, before they totally disappear forever.
10. Red Wolf
The red wolf (Canis lupus rufus), is one of two species of wolves still roaming the marsh areas of the southeastern USA. Much smaller than gray wolf, fully-grown adults can reach 26 inches at shoulder‘s length and weigh from 50-80 lbs. The red wolf coat is normally brown with some shade of black and gray. An excellent night hunter, red wolf feeds on small mammals like rodents, rabbits, raccoon, muskrats and occasionally deer.
Due to hunting, habitat disruption, and inter-breeding with coyotes, red wolves population almost made it to the brink of extinction. In 1973, concern authorities initiated a breeding program and all remaining red wolves were captured. By 1980, this species of canid became extinct in the wild. The breeding program was successful, and by 1987, animals born in captivity were re-introduced into North Carolina. Currently, red wolves population stands at 300 captive wolves, scattered in over 30 captive breeding facilities. A hundred more is freely roaming the wild.
9. Iberian Lynx
Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus), is the world’s most endangered species of cat. Formerly widespread in Spain and Portugal, the Iberian lynx is now confined in Andalusia; inhabiting woodlands and open pasture feeding primarily on rabbits. Smaller than other lynx, adults measure around 85 to 110 cm long, stand 60 -70 cm tall and weigh 12.9 kilograms. The Iberian lynx carries a light grey or brownish yellow coat mark with leopard-like spots. Also, it has short tail.
Slowly losing its habitat, victims of rampant hunting, and declining numbers of its prey(rabbits), this cat species is on the brink of extinction. Studied done in 2005 revealed that fewer than 200 Iberian lynx, way below from the 4000 individuals recorded in 1960. Government still roams freely in the wild. In 2005, full-blown conservation projects were initiated by the Spanish government, and gained positive results. Three cubs were raised in captivity in 2005 and three more cubs in 2009. Though the breeding populations are confined only in Spain, decent progress has been achieved. In 2008, 150 Iberian lynx are recorded in the Sierra Morena area. Authorities are hoping to breed 20 to 40 individuals each year that would be re-introduced to other breeding areas.