12 Of the world’s rarest animals on the brink of extinction
8 Spoon Billed Sandpiper
The Spoon Billed Sandpiper is a small wader found in Northeastern Russia. Less than a 100 of the male species remain due to destruction of habitat, breeding grounds and migratory locations.
7 Luristan Newt (Also Called Kaiser’s Spotted Newt)
A species of Salamander, it is found mostly in the Zargos Mountains of Iran. The creature is popular as a pet and costs $300 in the local market and various Ukrainian websites. This is what could be reducing the species.
6 Vietnam’s Red River Giant Softshell Turtle
The Red River Giant Softshell Turtle is considered sacred in Vietnam but is now endangered. A majority of them live in captivity.
5 Singapore’s Freshwater Crab
This is another species that is considered one of Earth’s rarest animals. It has become almost extinct due to the reduction, poor quality and insufficiency of freshwater.