You know how the saying goes, enjoy it while it lasts, well, that’s kinda harsh but also so true for all the endangered species. I mean, yeah, nothing lasts forever, but when you know you are one of the last ones around, it’s really hard to enjoy it, you know what I mean? Well, not that 2018 was a glory year, but it definitely did not smile for some wonderful creatures, so 2018 will be remembered for its impact on the wildlife. In honor of all the species we lost in 2018, we’ve collected some photos. Check out some of them:
1. The cryptic tree-hunter, the Alagoas Foliage-gleaner, and the poo-uli.
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2. Melamprosops phaeosoma
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3. The last male northern white rhino
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3. Vakita a.k.a Phocoena sinus
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4. The Tapanuli orangutan
4. Chinese giant salamanders who are also known as living fossils are on the endangered species list as well
They scuttled around alongside stegosaurus and Diplodocus, and unfortunately, they have found status as a pricey delicacy, with some selling for $1,500 apiece. An exhaustive survey of their population turned up a mere 24 of them.
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5. Moreover, almost every species of lemur is endangered to go extinct. Look at those eyes!
Of all the species of lemur, which are 111 known up to date, 105 of them are under threat from hunting and poaching and habitat loss.
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6. Many sharks are also on the list, plus, most of them are of the bizarre and wonderful variety.
I mean, I’m not a fan of sharks, at all, but it’s still sad they don’t get to live in their natural habitat. In particular, the largetooth sawfish has seen significant declines. The exact numbers of the species are unknown yet, but in some areas where they used to show up very often, such as Thailand and Southeast Asia, they have completely disappeared.
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