10 Critically Endangered Species That Future Generations May Never Get To See
Nature and Travel
On 19th March 2018
#5 Spider Monkey
Spider Monkeys are native to Central America where they are known to roam the large forests. Thanks to the massive deforestation caused by the logging industry and land developers these intelligent creatures are facing an uncertain future. They also face danger from humans who hunt them for food and to use in lab studies because of their susceptibility to malaria.
#6 Gooty Sapphire Tarantula
Due to their relatively small natural habitat and the pet trade, these beautiful spiders are thought to be close to extinction. Their natural habitat is a tiny 60-square-mile forested area of India that is rapidly being destroyed due to heavy logging. In the pet trade, the females can fetch upwards of $500 due to their longevity while the males can fetch $100-$200. This has caused collectors to hunt the creature to near extinction.
#7 Philippine Eagle
The national bird of the Philippines, the Philippine Eagle is critically endangered. The Philippines have done what they could to protect the animal by placing heavy penalties on anyone found to have killed with culminating with upwards of 12 years in prison on top of steep fines. Still, the numbers of the bird are declining thanks to illegal logging which has left the birds population somewhere between 180 and 600.
The Markhor is the national animal of Pakistan and it is classified as endangered due to its small population of only an esimated 2500. Despite the animal being protected poaching is still a major issue facing the markhor.