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13 Rare Photos Of Animals That Are Almost Extinct

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Animal conservation is one of the most universal causes being championed around the world. Some animals, like koalas and tigers, are well-known icons of endangered species; other animals under threat are in the news constantly because the world would literally fall apart without them. However, quite a few species don't get the same limelight, but still very much deserve the public's attention.

These endangered species may not be as cute and cuddly as the iconic panda (which, by the way, has climbed up out of its endangered status), and most are quite secretive and hidden away. But these rare photos of them – in the wild and in captivity – are proof enough that nature is fascinating and needs our protection before they go extinct.

  • Photo: Gregg Yan / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0

    Scientific Name: Manis culionensis

    Location: Philippines

    Population: Unknown, but decreasing

    Why They're Endangered: Hunting and poaching. Pangolin scales are an ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine.

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    Amur Leopard

    Photo: Mulhouseville / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 3.0

    Scientific Name: Panthera pardus orientalis

    Location: Russia

    Population: 330

    Why They're Endangered: Poaching and a lack of prey. Amur leopards have sufficient habitat left, but overhunting of them and their prey makes living nearly unviable.

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  • Scientific Name: Dicerorhinus sumatrensis

    Location: Indonesia

    Population: 30

    Why They're Endangered: Poaching is the second-biggest threat to the Sumatran rhino, following the disadvantage they have with such a small population. The species has already gone extinct in the nine other countries the rhinos used to call home.

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    Borneo Pygmy Elephant

    Scientific Name: Elephas maximus borneensis

    Location: Borneo and Sumatra

    Population: Around 1,500 

    Why They're Endangered: Loss of habitat. Borneo elephants, called pygmy elephants for their small size, regularly are in conflict with the humans in the area when they travel through plantations and farms.

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