May 22, 2024, 04:08 PM IST

8 lesser-known species that are about to extinguish

Pravrajya Suruchi

Vaquita: This adorable porpoise, the smallest marine mammal, lives in the Gulf of California.

Saola: Nicknamed the "Asian unicorn" for its single horn, the saola is a large antelope found only in the Annamite Mountains of Vietnam and Laos.

Northern White Rhinoceros: This subspecies of the white rhinoceros is tragically declared extinct in the wild.

Sumatran Orangutan: This critically endangered great ape faces a multitude of threats, including habitat loss due to deforestation for palm oil plantations, hunting, and the illegal pet trade.

Spoon-billed Sandpiper: This unique bird with a distinctive spoon-shaped bill has seen its population plummet due to habitat destruction and hunting during migration.

Axolotl: This adorable amphibian, resembling a permanently larval salamander, is native to Mexico's Lake Xochimilco.

San Joaquin Kit Fox: This small fox endemic to California faces habitat loss due to agriculture and urbanization.

Spix's Macaw: This vibrantly blue parrot is sadly extinct in the wild. The Spix's macaw was driven to extinction by habitat loss and the illegal pet trade.

 Disclaimer: This information is not DNA's opinion but obtained from media reports