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RAREST ANIMALS ON EARTH

Have you ever wondered about the rarest animals on Earth? It’s a sad reality, but we are losing animal species at an alarming rate. While not all of the animals on this list are necessarily considered “endangered”, they would still be very challenging to photograph in the wild.See Here's Some Rarest Animal images

 RAREST ANIMALS ON EARTH

AMUR LEOPARD

PHOTOGRAPH BY JOEL SARTORE

Found in the Primorye region of Russia, the Amur leopard is a very rare subspecies of leopard: A 2007 census counted only 14 to 20 adults and 5 to 6 cubs. That makes the big cat one of about 2,300 species that are considered critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This gallery will highlight some of these animals that are literally on the edge of extinction. (Learn how to help big cats with National Geographi

BLACK-EYED TREE FROG

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY F. ROVERO/MUSE

Photographed at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, this black-eyed tree frog belongs to a species that scientists predict will decline by more than 80 percent over the next ten years

LORD HOWE ISLAND STICK INSECT

PHOTOGRAPH BY JOEL SARTORE

The insect was thought to have become extinct around 1920 after the introduction of rats to Lord Howe Island (map), which is located between Australia and New Zealand

MOUNTAIN PYGMY POSSUM

PHOTOGRAPH BY JOEL SARTORE

he pygmy mouse is the only Australian mammal that lives in alpine environments.But the small creature has been declining as its habitat is severely fragmented or destroyed by various construction projects and ski resorts. (See pictures of ski resorts that are trying to minimize their environmental impact

NORTHERN BALD IBIS

PHOTOGRAPH BY JOEL SARTORE

The northern bald ibis (pictured, an individual at the Houston Zoo) was thought extinct until it was rediscovered in the Syrian desert near Palmyra in 2002. Habitat disturbance and hunting are the main drivers behind the bird's decline in its Middle Eastern habitat. (See more bird pictures

PHILIPPINE CROCODILE

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The Philippine crocodile, pictured above, is a relatively small freshwater crocodile: Males usually don't grow more than about 10 feet (3 meters) long, and females are even smaller

SUMATRAN ORANGUTAN

PHOTOGRAPH BY JOEL SARTORE

A Sumatran orangutan at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, seems to pose for a portrait.Native to the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, Sumatran orangutans are almost exclusively tree dwellers—a lifestyle that's led to their decline as Sumatra's forests increasingly fall to logging

SUMATRAN RHINOCEROS

PHOTOGRAPH BY JOEL SARTORE

Harapan, a four-year-old male Sumatran rhinoceros at Florida's White Oak Conservation Center, appears to emerge from the shadows in this photograph.The total population of this critically endangered species is estimated at fewer than 275 individuals. Like other rhinos, this species has been heavily targeted by poachers who are after its horns

WHITE ANTELOPE

PHOTOGRAPH BY JOEL SARTORE

Sartore photographed this addax, or white antelope, at the Gladys Porter Zoo.Scientists estimate that only 300 wild individuals of this critically endangered species remain; its population has plummeted due to hunting, drought, and even pressure from tourism. Once widespread throughout large swaths of Africa, it is now found only in Niger

References : Nationalgeographic

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