You may not have realized these animals even existed, but it’s the fact that they are so weird that makes them so cool and the fact that they are endangered that makes them worth our efforts to save.

 

1. The Slender Loris

Sri Lanka’s slender loris numbers are ever dwindling, thanks largely to the belief that their body parts can cure leprosy and provide protection from curses.

 

2. Bumblebee Bat

These live in Thailand and Southern Burma. They’re slowly going to extinct because of human expansion into the areas they inhabit.

 

3. Proboscis Monkey

Found only in Borneo, deforestation has almost reduced to half the population of these monkeys in the last 40 years.

 

4. The Snub Nosed Monkey

These high-altitude monkeys are found in Asia at heights of around 13,000 feet. Deforestation is destroying their precious habitats.

 

5. The Axolotl

These tiny creatures used to be found in Central American lakes, but a recent study was unable to find any.

 

 

6. The Gharial Crocodile

Less than 235 of these creatures still exist in the Indian subcontinent. Because of overfishing, they’ve been reduced to 2% of their original population size.

 

7. The Kakapo

The Kakapo, the world’s fattest parrot, can’t fly, making them vulnerable to the rats and stoats that were introduced into their native New Zealand. About 128 of these birds still survive on predator-free islands.

 

8.The Olm

These strange-looking creatures inhabit caves in Central and Southeast Europe. Because they live in darkness they haven’t developed eyes, but have extreme powers of hearing and smell. Because of water pollution, their numbers are dwindling.

 

9. The Gooty Spider

These spiders, found in a small section of forest in India, can be sold to collectors for $500, which has significantly threatened their population.

 

10. The Bearded Vulture

These bright birds inhabit the upper slopes of the high Himalaya and other mountainous regions in Europe and Asia. They were once thought to be a danger to lambs and small children, and now only 10,000 still exist.

 

Content source: http://emgn.com/entertainment/19-bizarre-animals-lost-forever/