Amazing In Danger

Amazing In Danger

The International Union for Conservation of Nature, or IUCN, established their ‘Amazing Species’ list in 2011 as a follow-up to their 2010 ‘Species of the Day’ list; the purpose of this was to increase awareness of the diverse amount of life on our planet, as well as to raise the profile of threatened species. The following are 7 of the animals on the Amazing Species list that are classified as Critically Endangered:

Madame Berthe’s Mouse Lemur
Microcebus berthae
Madame Berthe’s Mouse Lemur. (source :

This lemur is native to the island of Madagascar. It lives at a maximum elevation of 150 metres in a forest habitat. Its populations are extremely fragmented; the presence of mature individuals continues to decline.

Alaotra Reed Lemur
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Alaotra Reed Lemur. (source : Pinterest).

This lemur lives in the inland wetlands of Madagascar at a maximum elevation of 750 metres; in fact, they are exclusively found in the marshes of Lake Alaotra.

Chinese Pangolin
Manis pentadactyla
Chinese Pangolin. © Jason S C Chin Taipei Zoo Program, Cuc Phuong/ Red List of Endangered Animals.

The Chinese Pangolin is a solitary and mainly nocturnal animal that inhabits a wide range of habitats; these include tropical rainforests, bamboo and coniferous forests, and grasslands and agricultural lands. Mainly found in Southeast Asia; as well as on the islands of Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Pygmy Three-toed Sloth
Pygmy Three-toed Sloth. (source : Wikipedia).

This mysterious creature, the smallest of all the sloths. Mainly found on Isla Escudo of the Panamanian island. Inhabitants  of both mangrove patches as well as the island’s interior. Because of the difficulty of tracking these elusive creatures, the extent of their presence in the thicker rainforests is unknown; in addition, little to known concerning their total lifespan or dietary choices.

Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey
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Tonkin Snub-Nosed Monkey. (source :

These type of species of monkeys; can be found in tropical evergreen forests; among the limestone hills and mountains of Vietnam. It feeds primarily on plant life, feeding on as many as 52 different plant species. It is a primarily arboreal animal, sleeping in trees on steep mountainsides, and only rarely coming to the ground.

Pygmy Raccoon
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Pygmy Racoon. (source : PInterest).

The Pygmy Raccoon lives only on Mexico’s Cozumel Island, off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Guesses of its population size vary; the number of mature individually is estimated to be around 192. Racoon habitat is more on the mangrove stands and sandy areas. But can also be found in tropical forests and agricultural areas. Other than its original habitat, they can also be found in tropical forests, and agricultural areas.

 Vancouver Island marmot
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Vancouver Island Marmot. (source : Wikipedia).

This creature is endemic to Canada’s Vancouver Island. Mainly confined to mountains in the island’s central and southern areas. The mature population of these creature is estimated around only 90 in total. There are huge swaths of potential habitat that have never been surveyed; the likelihood of discovering significant new populations is debated.

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