These days, when our planet faces a number of serious problems such as uncontrolled overpopulation, devastating pollution, and unprecedented climate change, more and more animals are becoming endangered and extinct. In fact, the species loss is currently happening at a rate more than 1,000 times greater than what would be natural. Consequently, future generations might never get to see animals that we could watch in nature when we were younger. To raise awareness about the heartbreaking state of Mother Earth and some of her most endangered animal species, we created this post with 25 Rare Animals Nearly Impossible To See In The Wild.
A rare subspecies of the cougar, the Florida panther is one of the most notable examples of critically endangered animals that have been recovered. By the 1970’s, its population had been reduced drastically to just about 20 remaining panthers in the wild. Recent conservation efforts have boosted its population, but the big cat still faces countless challenges in its fight for survival.
Native to Honduras, the Honduran emerald is a critically endangered species of the hummingbird. These small birds inhabit tropical forest and shrublands, which is why deforestation has had a devastating impact on its already declining population. If local authorities do not take actions towards conversation of this species, we might soon lose it forever.
With just about 60 – 70 last individuals surviving in the Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia, the Javan Rhinoceros is arguably the world’s rarest large mammal. The species was once common in Southeast Asia and even China and India, but poaching and habitat destruction have driven the Javan rhino to the brink of extinction.
Reaching up to 106 cm (41.5) in length, the giant ibis is by far the world’s largest ibis. Unfortunately, it’s also the most endangered. Currently confined to North Cambodia with several birds surviving in Laos, this ibis has an extremely small population which has undergone a rapid decline as a result of hunting, disturbance, and lowland deforestation.
Madagascar Serpent Eagle
A medium-sized bird of prey, the Madagascar serpent eagle is a very rare bird found in the tropical forests of Madagascar. Its habitat is becoming increasingly depleted and fragmented, and for many years, it was doubted whether the species still survived in the wild. Fortunately, several sightings of the bird have been reported recently.