The Rarest Animals Alive

These are a collection of animals that I found that are on the verge of becoming extinct forever.

The Pinta Island Tortise

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There is only one of these left in existance and his name is George. He is the last of his kind the sole survivour of his species. Lonesome George is a sub species of the Galapagos tortise native to the Galapagos Islands. He holds the flag for the rarest creature doomed to walk the planets surface alone. He is world famous for being the last giant turtle and can be found on Pinta Island, he was first discovered in 1971 on the first of December just walking around minding his own business. Nobody had seen a tortise so big so they done their research and discovered that he was the last of his kind. George was put to two females of a different species to try and save the species but there was no sucess with  their efforts.

George is now estimated to be about 90 years old and in good health. Scientists had discovered another male tortise on the island of Isabela a neighbouring Island from George’s this tortise was found to have similar genes to george but of a different species. In July of last year 2008 George mated with a companion tortise of a different sub species and she laid 13 eggs these were collected and placed in an incubator. As the study continued of these eggs, it was found that 80% were infertile and showed signs of weight loss. At the end of the study all of the eggs were doomed. Even if they did hatch George would still be the last of the Pinta Island Tortise.

The Javan Rhino

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These Javan Rhinos are a rare breed there are only 60 of these in the wild and they are a protected species. They survive in only two locations in the world Indonesia and Veitnam. They were once known throughout Asia but they were hunted and killed for sport and meat and believed to have medicinal uses in most of these areas. By the 1930’s they were nearly driven to extinction in Burma, India, Sumatra and Malaysia. Even these days the Janan Rhino is acceptable to deseases and prone to in breeding under supervision of the conservation that are trying to protect them. Because there are so few of these and most of them come from the same families more and more of them are being born with defects. Within the next twenty years this species are deemed to be extinct.

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10 Responses to “The Rarest Animals Alive”
  1. Joni Keith Says...

    On February 26, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    This is so sad. Especially when you think it is humans that are to blame. My heart goes out to Lonesome George. Thank you for writing such an informative piece.

  2. Annie Hintsala Says...

    On February 26, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Good article. I can’t help but be the saddest about the dolphins though…

  3. papaleng Says...

    On February 26, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    nice article.

  4. Joie Schmidt Says...

    On February 26, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Very nice article!



    -Liane Schmidt.

  5. David Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    take out a dna sample and mix it with a dna sample from a Galapagos island tortoise and then you place it in an incubator and leave it for a couple of years and then particles will biofuse and make an embryionic body(tortoise) for it to survive in

  6. Girish Says...

    On June 3, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    My feelings are a mixture of sadness but also anger. I am angry at the chinese and Japanese governments for not putting laws to restrict hunting of those dolphins. They are behaving like an ignorant children.

  7. Sam wils0n! Says...

    On June 4, 2009 at 6:45 am

    These info is t0o late!!!!! The baiji d0lphin is officialy extinct!!!!

  8. Leannabelle Says...

    On October 11, 2009 at 2:37 am

    hmm, interesting article, especially the dolphin one, knowing that i am japanese-american i am torn between two sides. >.<

  9. harish Says...

    On December 25, 2009 at 10:03 am

    hmmm……sems very interesting issue……an adventure tooo….to protect these animals from the rude people who kill them..

  10. hayley Says...

    On March 25, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    uhhhhhhh…poor animals. I feel so sad and sorry for them

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