This months "My Top 5" is on the cutest endangered species. But no babies have been included because thats not fair. I also want to say that all endangered animals are amazing and special even if some people don't think they are cute.
1. Slow Loris
There are countless species of Slow Loris's but all of them are endangered and all for the same reasons. The Slow Loris is often captured from the wild for the illegal pet trade which is a massive problem for them (see video below). They are also captured for medicine. Unfortunately habitat destruction is also a huge problem as their home is cleared for many things such as palm oil plantations. Slow Loris's are found in South East Asia. These guys are actually the only primate in the world to have a venomous bite.
2. Mahogany, Squirrel and Sugar Gliders
These are the Squirrel, Sugar and Mahogany Glider that all come as a tie. All of them have similar threats. They are habitat destruction, loss of tree hollows that they need to breed, feral cats and getting trapped in barb wire fences. The Squirrel Glider lives in forests, woodlands, parks and gardens in eastern Australia including Morton Bay and Stradbroke Island. The Sugar Glider lives in wet and high altitude forests and rainforests along eastern Australia including Tasmania. But the Mahogany Glider has the smallest distribution of all Gliders and only lives in a small area of north Queensland.
The Quokka is the smallest Wallaby species and is found in South-West Western Australia. Unfortunately these guys are classed as vulnerable because of Foxes preying on them. But there is a population of Quokkas on Rottnest Island where Foxes are not present and they are thriving. Wild Quokkas have no fear of people and have even started a trend- the Quokka Selfie!
4. Mexican Axolotl
Axolotl's are different from most other Salamanders because they spend all their lives in water. These are one the most studied Salamander species because they can regenerate parts of their body! They can reach lengths of 30cm long and live on a diet of crustaceans, worms, molluscs, insect larvae and some fish. Axolotl's can live up to 15 years. They are classed as critically endangered because fried Axolotl is a delicacy in Mexico and are taken out of the wild for the aquarium trade.
The Vaquita is one of the world's most endangered animals with around 100 left making it the most endangered Cetacean (Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises) in the world! Viquitas are only found in the northern of the Gulf of California and are the smallest species of Porpoise in the world. But unfortunately this is where a lot of commercial Shrimp Fishing boats go. Vaquitas often get caught in the nets and die.
That is this months "My Top 5". I would love to hear what endangered animals you think are cute that didn't make it onto my list.
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