100 Under 100: The Race to Save the World's Rarest Living by Scott Leslie

By Scott Leslie

Scientists estimate that the entire biodiversity in the world is among 10 million and a hundred million species. of those, simply over 1.6 million and counting have really been catalogued and defined. One percentage, or 16,306, of these species are threatened with extinction, approximately one-fifth of them significantly. Of this team, a few have vanishingly small populations within the double or unmarried digits. a couple of species, together with the Pinta Island immense tortoise and the Yangtze huge softshell turtle, take a seat squarely at the border of extinction within the wild with a inhabitants of one.

In 100 lower than 100, Scott Leslie tells the interesting tales of species in far-flung areas no one ever hears approximately, just like the northern hairy-nosed wombat, the Gorgan mountain salamander or the Irrawaddy river shark. towards domestic are the Vancouver Island marmot, the Wyoming toad and the Devil’s gap pupfish. Leslie additionally tells tales of hopeful growth, as the various rarest of the infrequent are again from the edge of extinction during the devoted efforts of individuals round the world.

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It appeared the species was still hanging on, if only by the slimmest of threads. Even though later searches between 2004 and 2006 failed to turn up anything other than one claim of a single vocalization, the IUCN listed the Miss Waldron’s monkey as critically endangered and possibly extinct. The species simply did not yet meet the criteria for extinction. If Miss Waldron’s monkey still survives somewhere, it may be in Ehy Forest of eastern Ivory Coast. It was near here, on the edge of a large lagoon surrounded by villages, that scientist Scott McGraw—who had been searching for years in vain for the elusive animal—found that aforementioned skin of a Miss Waldron’s monkey.

On the upside, a hitherto unknown population of greater bamboo lemurs was recently confirmed in the Torotorofotsy region of the country, about 400 kilometres north of the animal’s previously known range. Several family groups totalling up to 60 animals inhabit this area, which borders an important protected wetland and a national park. One family unit appears to live within the wetland itself. As encouraging as this new find is, the other populations to the south are declining. Most greater bamboo lemurs live outside protected areas, so establishing formal reserves for them is a priority.

Some are very much more vulnerable to our actions than others. The species mentioned herein teach us that. I saw my first nene at Slimbridge, a successful captive breeding facility in England, a world away from their homes in the Hawaiian Islands. The nene I remember most were wild ones—a small flock that descended through the mist as I hiked across Haleakala on Maui. They landed in front of me as grey fog gave way to brilliant blue skies and revealed the surreal purples, yellows, and browns of the caldera.

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