The black footed ferret (Mustela nigripes), also known as the American polecat or prairie dog hunter, is a species of mustelid belonging to the Mustelidae and the genus Mustela. The black-footed ferret is similar in appearance to the European polecat and the Asian steppe … [Read more...]
Many animals in the world are in danger of becoming extinct.
This is a problem because it means that future generations may never get to see these animals in the wild. Some people may think that this doesn't matter, but it does. These animals play an important role in their ecosystems, and they are also fascinating creatures that deserve to be saved.
What is the IUCN Red List?
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is a list of species that have been categorized as threatened or endangered.
A species will be classified as "Endangered" if it meets the following criteria:
The numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus), also known as the noombat or walpurti is a marsupial belonging to the Myrmecobiidae and the genus Myrmecobius. The numbat was once widespread across southern Australia, but is now restricted to several small colonies in Western Australia. This … [Read more...]
Elephant shrews, also called jumping shrews or sengis, are small mammals native to Africa, comprising the order Macroscelidea. Extant elephant shrews comprise only one family, Macroscelididae, with six genera and 20 species.Their traditional common English name “elephant … [Read more...]
The Amazon river dolphin (Inia geoffrensis), also known as the boto, bufeo, pink dolphin or pink river dolphin, is a species of toothed whale belonging to the family Iniidae and the genus Inia.The Amazon river dolphin is the only living genus in its family, with the family … [Read more...]
Slender lorises are small, nocturnal prosimians native to the rainforests of Sri Lanka and Southern India. There are actually two species, the Red Slender Loris (loris tardigradus) and the gray slender loris (loris lydekkerianus), and they are the only members of the genus … [Read more...]
The erect-crested penguin (Eudyptes sclateri) is one of the species of crested penguin, and is endemic to New Zealand. With a striking look, it has plumes of yellow feathers extending from the bill to the back of the head, as well as black upper parts and white … [Read more...]
Honey bees are social insects. Their colonies includes a queen, drones and workers. Honey bees have been producing honey for over 100 million years. Honeybees, also spelt honey bees, are flying insects known as a eusocial insects, meaning they are one of the most socially … [Read more...]
The sand lizard (Lacerta agilis) is a small, rare lizard that is found in Europe and Asia. The word “lacerta” derives from Latin meaning lizard, while “agilis” is also Latin, meaning mobile, swift or agile. Sand lizards are the only member of their family and are sometimes called … [Read more...]
A Wallaby is a marsupial or pouched animal that is a member of the kangaroo family. There are around 30 different species of wallaby (macropod) from the scientific family Macropodidae (Macropodidae means 'big feet'). Wallabies are smaller than kangaroos and distributed widely … [Read more...]
The Grey Wolf (Canis Lupus), also known as the 'Timber Wolf' is the largest of the wild dog family. Grey Wolves were once in abundance and distributed over North America, Eurasia and the Middle East.However, because of human-related activity such as destruction of habitat and … [Read more...]