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my bad my bad but this is a forum and i was speaking my mind
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there are only 4 king cheetahs lsft in the world?!!! where idi you get that? ware you sure? man, they're so endangered... my goodness..
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Being mammals ourselves, we tend to feel passionately about the plight of other mammals, such as tigers and pandas. Most endangered mammal species are threatened by habitat loss, while a significant percentage continue to be hunted despite dwindling population sizes.

According to the IUCN, some 20 percent of all known mammal species are either threatened or endangered. That's nearly 1,100 species. Some, like the baiji, are likely beyond hope. Others, like the giant panda, continue to make strides in the right direction.



The aye-aye is a species of lemur, a group of primates with large ears, long limbs and a long body. It has coarse black hair, huge eyes, a pointy nose, and a distinctive elongated middle finger that it uses to extract grubs from tree bark. It is among the most endangered animals in the world due to a combination of habitat loss and persecution (many negative superstitions exist about the aye-aye), but captive breeding programs may help keep this animal from going extinct.

IUCN Status: Endangered
USFWS Status: Endangered
Major Threats: Habitat loss and persecution
Habitat: Rain forest and deciduous forest, usually in the canopy
Location: Madagascar
Diet: Grubs
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BAIRD'S TAPIR (Tapirus bairdii)
Tapirs are piglike animals with long legs, an extended trunk and relatively streamlined bodies. Baird's tapir — the largest of the tapirs — has short, dark bristly hair with a light-colored chin and throat. It can be found in the forests of Central and South America, feeding on plant parts near freshwater sources. Baird's tapir are endangered throughout their range due to hunting and habitat destruction.


IUCN Status: Endangered
USFWS Status: Endangered
Major Threats: Hunting and habitat destruction
Habitat: Dense tropical rain forest
Location: Central and South America
Diet: Leaves and fallen fruit
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HIROLA (Beatragus hunteri)
Hirola are a type of antelope. They have golden-brown hair, long legs and an elongated face. The horns of both the male and female are curved and flair at the tips. They live in the desert scrub and grasslands where they form harems led by a dominant territorial male. They have a very small range that includes parts of Kenya and Somalia, and their numbers are in sharp decline due to poaching and habitat loss.

IUCN Status: Critically Endangered
Major Threats: Poaching and habitat loss
Habitat: Deser scub and grasslands
Location: Kenya and Somalia
Diet: Mainly grasses
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IRANIAN JERBOA (Allactaga firouzi)
The Iranian jerboa is a mouselike rodent that is endemic to Iran. It is light brown with short legs and a tufted tail. It is a vegetarian and nocturnal, spending much of its day in underground burrows and emerging at night to forage. The Iranian jerboa is only known to occur in a small grassland region of southern Iran. It is threatened because of a restricted range and by habitat loss.

IUCN Status: Critically Endangered
Major Threats: Restricted range and habitat loss
Habitat: Grassland regions
Location: Southern Iran
Diet: Vegetation
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IBERIAN LYNX (Felis pardina)
The Iberian lynx is a solitary cat with a spotted coat and tufted ears found in southwestern Europe. It is an expert hunter, feeding on rabbits, deer fawns, ducks and other animals. It is threatened by loss of habitat and prey species and currently has a very restricted range. This may be the first cat species to go extinct for at least 2,000 years.

IUCN Status: Critically Endangered
USFWS Status: Endangered
Major Threats: Loss of habitat and prey species
Habitat: Openg grassland mixed with dense shrubs and trees
Location: Southwestern Europe
Diet: Rabbits, deer fawns, ducks and other animals
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GIANT ARMADILLO (Priodontes maximus)
Armadillos are insectivorous mammals that are covered in armored plates of hardened skin on their back, sides, limbs and tail. They have a huge claw on their front feet, which is used to dig up soil in search of food items such as insects and other small animals. The giant armadillo, by far the largest of the armadillos, can weigh more than 60 pounds. They are found in the Amazon Basin of South America but are endangered throughout their range due to hunting and habitat loss.

IUCN Status: Vulnerable
USFWS Status: Endangered
Major Threats: Hunting and habitat loss
Habitat: Prefers tropical rain forest
Location: Amazon Basin of South America
Diet: Ants and termites
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OCELOT (Leopardus pardalis)
The ocelot is a reddish-brown cat with a light-colored belly and spots in a distinctive chain-link rosette pattern. It lives in a variety of habitats, including grasslands, swamps and forests, from the southern United States, Mexico, and Central and South America. Ocelots were once hunted to near extinction, but numbers have recently increased in some populations. Today, the primary threat is loss of habitat.

USFWS Status: Endangered
Major Threat: Loss of habitat
Habitat: A variety including grasslands, swamps, and forests
Location: Southern United States to South America
Diet: Small- to medium-sized mammals and birds
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JAGUAR (Panthera onca)
The jaguar is the New World's only large cat species. It looks like a leopard, but it has whorled spots with dark centers. It is a stout, powerful, big-headed animal that occurs in watery habitats such as swampland and frequently flooded forests throughout central and northern South America. The jaguar is threatened by competition with domestic species, hunting and habitat loss.

USFWS Status: Endangered
Major Threats: Competition with domestic species, hunting and habitat loss
Habitat: Watery habitats like swampland and flooded forest
Location: Central and northern South America
Diet: Mainly medium- and large-sized mammals
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MANED THREE-TOED SLOTH (Bradypus torquatus)
Sloths are slow-moving mammals with small heads, eyes and ears. They spend their time suspended from trees branches in the forest canopy, eating the leaves, buds and twigs. The maned three-toed sloth lives in the forests of Brazil, where it is threatened by logging. They are entirely dependent on trees and cannot race away when their trees are cut down. On the ground, they drag themselves along using their strong front limbs.


IUCN Status: Endangered
USFWS Status: Endangered
Major Threat: Continuing deforestation
Habitat: Coastal rain forest
Location: Brazil
Diet: Leaves, buds and soft twigs
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SNOW LEOPARD (Uncia uncia)
The snow leopard is a large carnivorous cat that lives in the steppe, shrub, mountains and open forests of Central and South Asia. It has short, stocky limbs for climbing craggy terrain and a long, thickly furred tail for warmth and balance. The snow leopard is threatened by loss of prey species, declining habitat, poaching and persecution. There may be as few as 2,500 adults remaining in the wild.

IUCN Status: Endangered
USFWS Status: Endangered
Major Threats: Loss of prey species, declining habitat, poaching and persecution
Habitat: Steppe, shrub, mountains and open forests
Location: Central and South Asia
Diet: Small- and medium-sized mammals
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SPERM WHALE (Physeter macrocephalus)
The sperm whale is the world's largest carnivore. It can grow to a length of more than 60 feet, and has a huge boxlike head that makes up more than one-third of its total length. It is an impressive diver, plunging to depths of nearly 4,000 feet and staying submerged for almost two hours at a time. The sperm whale is found in deep waters worldwide and is threatened by hunting, being caught in fishing gear and colliding with ships.

IUCN Status: Vulnerable
USFWS Status: Endangered
Major Threats: Hunting, being caugh in fishing gear and colliding with ships
Habitat: Open ocean
Location: Worldwide oceans
Diet: Giant squid, octopus, fish and other marine animals
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Posted 3/5/09
I don't want to be selfish...but the most endangered species is me. I'm overworked and underpaid...LOL j/k...

This site is awesome... I just looked at the list of endangered species again.. and I found this animal: the Arabian Tahr (this is the first time that I have seen this animal; pretty unique looking:


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don;t you think it is a goat
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