Top 10 LONELIEST Animals In The World!
- Published on: 4/27/2020
- Hi, it’s Katrina! From extinct species that may actually still be around, to a bird who rejected his own kind to live among a family of statues, here are 10 of the loneliest animals in the world.
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10. Zanzibar Leopard
The highly elusive Zanzibar leopard was always hard to find. There are only six known skins in museums throughout the world currently serving as the only tangible proof that the species ever existed. This small subspecies lived on Tanzania’s Zanzibar archipelago, where local superstition led to overhunting.
9. Britain’s Solitary Bat
The greater mouse-eared bat, which is common throughout parts of Europe, was declared extinct in Great Britain in 1992, after being spotted only a handful of times, and only in southern England, throughout the preceding decades. It was the first mammal to go extinct in Britain in 250 years...or did it?
8. Dating Ad For A Fish
The Mangarahara cichlid (Ptychochromis insolitus) is an extremely rare fish endemic to Madagascar, and it’s nearing extinction due to destructive dam construction in its only natural habitat. In 2013, the London Zoo, which houses the last two of three known living male specimens, appealed to fish collectors and private aquarium owners worldwide to come forward if they knew of any females, in hopes of starting a breeding program to save the species.
7. Lonesome George
Lonesome George was the last known living Pinta Island tortoise, a species endemic to the island of Pinta in the northern region of the Galapagos archipelago. By the early 20th century, the species was thought to be extinct, and the introduction of goats to Pinta Island in 1959 all but destroyed any turtle habitats.
6. Northern White Rhino
The northern white rhino is one of two white rhinoceros subspecies. A century ago, hundreds of thousands of rhinos roamed Africa, but poaching has nearly wiped them out of existence. The northern white rhino is completely extinct in the wild, and there are just two surviving individuals in captivity, both female.
5. No-Mate Nigel
During the 1990s, conservationists placed 80 concrete gannets on New Zealand’s Mana Island, located 16 miles (25.3 km) northwest of Wellington, where they hoped to attract real birds and eventually reintroduce the species. The project was disappointingly unsuccessful, for the most part.
4. Toughie The Frog
Originally from Panama, Toughie was a Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frog (Ecnomiohyla rabborum) who was discovered during a 2005 frog rescue mission by Zoo Atlanta and the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Scientists had rushed to the Panamanian rainforest to try saving frogs from a widespread fungal infection, which ultimately killed 85 percent of the amphibians in Toughie’s habitat.
3. Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle
One of the last Yangtze giant softshell turtles (Rafetus swinhoei) passed away at China’s Suzhou Zoo in April 2019. She was over 90 years old, and perished for unknown reasons. She had just had artificial insemination but there were no apparent complications from the procedure. It was most likely her age.
2. The World’s Loneliest Whale
In 1989, US Navy hydrophones captured strange signals in the form of a whale call that seemed characteristic of a blue whale, but was broadcast at an unusually high frequency of 52 Hertz. To human ears, this sounds like a low bass note.
1. Spix’s Macaw
The 2011 animated film “Rio” drew attention to the Spix’s macaw (Cyanopsitta spixii), a beautiful blue bird that disappeared from the wild in 2000. Wildlife trafficking and deforestation are to blame for driving the medium-sized avian species to near-extinction, with less than 100 known surviving specimens all living in captivity.
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