22nd May is proclaimed as the International Day for Biological Diversity. A large number of animal species have been extinct since the evolution of humans and the number keeps on increasing due to the never-ending needs of humans and covering of the forest areas for human use.
The Saiga Antelope is in the list of the priority species. WWF(world wildlife fund) keeps those animals in priority list which are one of the most economically, culturally and ecologically important species on our planet. The migration of Saiga Antelopes is one of the most spectacular migrations
in the world.
The shoebill lives in tropical east Africa in large swamps from Sudan to Zambia. The Shoebill is a very large stork-like bird and it derives its name from its massive shoe-shaped bill.
The Angora is one of the oldest kinds of domestic rabbit. It is bred for its long,soft wool. It originates from Ankara (present day Turkey).
The Alpacas are among the finest wool providers in the world. Alpaca fiber does not let water nor dust to settle. So if you are wearing an Alpaca garment, you'll never get wet!
The proboscis monkeys are endemic to the jungles of Borneo.The Indonesians call them as "Dutchman" because they think the Dutch colonizers also had such long bellies and noses.
It is a small species of monkeys found in the southwest Amazon Basin. It was named the "Emperor" Tamarin because of its elegant white mustache which extends to both sides beyond its shoulders.
The Yeti crab is an unusual crab with no eyes and it is hairy too!! The species was discovered in 2005 in the South Pacific ocean.
A Tapir is a large herbivorous mammal which is similar in shape to a pig with a short and prehensile snout. Despite its pig-like appearance, it is most closely related to horses and rhinoceros. It inhabits jungles of central America and south America.
The Lesula is found in the Lomami Basin of the Congo. It was known to locals from the beginning but unknown to the outer world. The international scientific committee discovered it in 2007 and confirmed it in a 2012 publication.
The Amazonian Royal Fly-Catcher is found in the forest and woodland throughout the Amazon basin. They built their nests on branches near water which can be up to 6 feet long.
The Mexican walking fish is found only in the local waterways near the Mexico city. These species are on the brink of extinction. It is currently on the Red List for threatened species.
The "Mutillidae" or commonly known as "The Panda Ant" derives its name from its resemblance to the Panda color. It is known for its extremely painful sting, hence also known as cow killer or cow ant.
The "Glaucus Atlanticus" known as "Blue Dragon" is a species of small,blue slug. They float upside down due to surface tension. They are found in the warm temperature climates in the Southern Pacific.