They’re cute, they have big eyes, cute noses, and most of them are warm and fluffy. However these traits are not the ones to link all these adorable animals together, but rather the fact that they are all on the verge of becoming extinct. It’s rather frightening, but our planet is in the heart of the sixth mass extinction of animals. While extinction is indeed a natural phenomenon, it’s supposed to occur at the natural background rate of up to five species per year. However, experts in the field now estimate that we are losing species at up to 10,000 times the natural background rate. Even more so, unlike mass extinctions in the past, which occurred due to natural disasters such as volcanic eruptions, asteroid strikes and climate shifts, the present crisis is caused almost entirely by us, humans.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the cutest animals that are on the verge of extinction, and hope that maybe our humble article will increase the awareness of these endangered animals. Take the time to read about these 20 cute little creatures, and learn about their personality, habitats, and most importantly the reason why they are becoming extinct. Of course, all animals are worth saving from extinction, but it isn’t surprising that the cuter members of the animal kingdom have a slight advantage. At the end of the article maybe help to spread the word, and share it with your friends.
With gaping eyes and silky fur, it comes with no surprise that these adorable creatures have become the social media sensation and thus a must have pet. The popularity they’ve gained through Facebook had a detrimental effect on their endangered status, as hundreds of Slow Lorises were captures by illegal traders who kept them in absolutely hideous conditions. Despite the fact that CITES conference had banned the international transport of the Slow Loris in 2007, its popularity had made it a “prized pet.” In addition to being illegally traded, these poor creatures are also being hunted for traditional medicine use and are also threatened by loss of habitat. While the exact number of remaining Slow Lorises in the wild is unknown, their endangered status varies from country to country and the International Union for Conservation of Nature noted that the population is significantly declining. Unfortunately all odds are against this cute and sophisticated species, and we really hope that they wont become extinct in the next few years or so.