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13 Dangerously Endangered Species

These endangered species are near extinction, but researchers and scientists have helped these rare animals reproduce in captivity.

Scarlet Macaws


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For the first time, endangered Costa Rica scarlet macaws born in captivity are now reproducing in the wild. These beautiful birds suffer from hunting and poaching that once occupied all Costa Rica.

These birds can live to 80 years and begin to reproduce at 7 years old. At ZooAve Center in La Garita, there are 86 scarlet macaws, of which 54 are in the breeding program.

White-Backed Vulture


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The long-billed, slender-billed, and oriental white-backed vultures are in endangered since millions of these vultures have died eating sick carcasses. Through the effort of breeding, one white-backed chick had hatched in captivity, in India.

Black-Footed Ferrets


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The National Zoo’s Conservation and Research Center (CRC) revealed that the survival rates were higher for the black-footed ferrets in exposed outdoor burrows with prairie dogs.

The nearly extinct ferrets that were born each year at CRC are given this access to increase their survival rates, and were returned to the American West in the states of Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Montana, South Dakota, and Mexico.

Golden Langur


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The rare golden langur is the most endangered monkey on earth, according to environmentalists, and a golden male langur has been born in captivity, in Hanoi, Vietnam. This was reported in July 18th, 2003.

This is the rarest primate species on earth, and the Endangered Primate Rescue Center had only one couple in captivity. It is feared that this golden male langur is the last of its kind if hunting, poaching, and their habitat are not under controlled.

Black Jaguar


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This is the third cub that has been born in captivity in Peru. The Huachipa Zoo in Lima reported that the cub is doing great, and is known as an Otorongo (Panthera onca). To see more of this Peruvian jaguar pictures, click on the link.

Siberian Tigers


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The Siberian tigers are one of the world’s top ten rarest animals. Eighty four cubs had been born in March, 2007, and another 13 pregnant tigers were expected to give birth in October bringing another 20 to 30 more cubs to the breeding facility in northeastern China.

Angel Shark


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An angel shark pup had been born in captivity for the first time ever last year, in the Aquarium of the Bay, which exhibits two adult angel sharks, spiny dogfish, leopard sharks, soupfin sharks, and swell sharks.

The angel sharks have large wing-shaped pectoral fins, flattened bodies, and camouflage to blend with the sandy and rocky bottom of the Bat in brown, black and gray colors.

White Rhinos


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The white rhinos are close to extinction, and the first white rhino born in captivity was at Pretoria on June 8, 1967.

In 1988, seventy five rhinos were born at San Diego Wild Animal Park. The white rhinos have larger head and body than black rhinos. They can live up to 50 years, and weight up to two tons.

Rare Chinese Snub-Nosed Monkey


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A golden snub-nosed monkey had been born at the Beijing Breeding Center for Endangered Species in 1998. This is China most endangered species. This rare monkey is also known as Sichuan golden money due to its fur color, and lives in the mountainous area at the height of 15,400 feet above sea level.

Black and White Ruffed Lemurs


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This black and white ruffed lemur is the third born generation in captivity. Mother and infant developed a strong healthy relationship, since usually young lemurs are known for abandoning their young, or delivering still born.

It is wonderful to know that through the effort of rescuing and breeding centers for many endangered species; most of these beautiful animals may have a chance to stay around longer.

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  1. Eden Emersen

    On August 1, 2008 at 7:43 am


    Great information. I love the pictures of the black jaguar and pygmy rabbit–so cute.

  2. lanne

    On August 1, 2008 at 8:59 am


    I`d like to get my hands on the Panda and the Jaguar for just a couple of minutes. They are awfully cute.

  3. Shearyadi

    On August 1, 2008 at 10:56 am


    Are you sure only 13 species? I thought there are more of them that’s close to extinction like Mediterranian Blue Fin Tuna, Sumatran Orang Utan, Javanese Rhino, Vaquita porpoise and many more :)

  4. valli

    On August 1, 2008 at 11:42 am


    Great information. I like the photos of red pandas.

  5. Anne Lyken-Garner

    On August 1, 2008 at 2:51 pm


    What a fantastic article. Thank you for the information and research you put into this.
    Black jaguars live in Guyana in South America. I really did not know they were endangered.

  6. dee gold

    On August 1, 2008 at 7:31 pm


    Informative and an interesting article.

  7. TP Sage

    On August 1, 2008 at 10:47 pm


    I had no idea some of these were close to extinction. Very sad, but I sensed hope in your article. As always, a wonderful read.

  8. IcyCucky

    On August 2, 2008 at 8:51 am


    Thank you everyone for you support!

    Shearyadi, I’m sure there are more endangered species than I can list them here. I’ll look up for the ones you mentioned. Thank you!

  9. Moses Ingram

    On August 2, 2008 at 3:42 pm


    Great pictures and an excellent article.

  10. Dtortot

    On August 3, 2008 at 10:42 am


    You forgot the Kakapo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kakapo

    It’s depressing that all this animals are in danger, if you want something to read about endangered animals check last Chance To See by Douglas Adams (author of Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy).

  11. IcyCucky

    On August 3, 2008 at 12:04 pm


    Thank you Moses.

    Dtortot–Thanks for the link, and recommendation of the book..

  12. Tyler James

    On August 5, 2008 at 12:53 am


    I have a great appreciation for you and this article IcyCucky.
    You could tell you took time with your research and it shows that you must truly care. Thank you for the insight.

  13. louie jerome

    On August 5, 2008 at 9:25 am


    Great article, Icy. Fabulous photos.

  14. CHAN LEE PENG

    On August 5, 2008 at 10:51 am


    Great post, Icy!Take care!

  15. IcyCucky

    On August 5, 2008 at 10:57 am


    Thank you Tyler James, Louie, and Chan for reading and commenting..

  16. Lauren Axelrod

    On August 19, 2008 at 8:17 pm


    Wow, the pandas and the jags are adorable. It really is a shame they are endangered being that they are so spectacular.

  17. Lostash

    On August 23, 2008 at 4:19 am


    I just hope that we, as a race, will one day appreciate the natural wondrs around us…..before it’s too late.

  18. LP Jardine

    On August 28, 2008 at 8:49 am


    Thank you very much for bringing recognition to those who are
    trying to make a difference in the conservation of Endangered animals.

  19. saumya

    On September 16, 2008 at 4:49 am


    i like the people which save these animals

  20. someperson

    On January 8, 2009 at 7:30 am


    My favourite animals are the Tiger, they are truly amazing, but the Black jaguar and the Red panda’s are adorable to :D

  21. DEVIN

    On February 10, 2009 at 6:31 pm


    i am so happy that i adopted an animal that is endangered i love you guys!!!!!!!!!!1

  22. angie a

    On May 19, 2009 at 1:27 pm


    there all so cuties

  23. uriah g

    On May 19, 2009 at 1:34 pm


    your all awsome and cool !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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