– You know, I gotta be completely honest.
Being the last of the species of wild baldos,
I identify with these creatures.
So, the Earth is home to a plethora of wildlife,
with more being discovered every day.
However, as more are being discovered,
even more are starting to die out
because of, well, us.
And many of these amazing and beautiful animals
that are going extinct are ones
that you’ve never even heard of before.
So, before they’re completely gone
and maybe even in an attempt to try to save them,
I’m gonna let you know exactly what they are,
unless they’re extinct by the time you watch this,
in which case, what they were.
Anyway, here they are, 10 amazing animals
that will soon be extinct.
Number one is the Sumatran elephant.
The Sumatran elephant is actually a vital part
of the ecosystem that feeds on a large variety
of plants and ‘deposits’ seeds wherever it goes.
That means boodies
Despite this, over 70% of their habitant
has been destroyed over the last 25 years,
mostly due to deforestation for pulp and paper industries,
as well as oil palm plantations.
The result is a decrease
in the Sumatran elephant population by over 80%!
That’s right, most of these gigantic animals
have already died out in our lifetime.
Back in 2012, these creatures found their way
onto the critically endangered list.
But despite this, humans still hunt them,
mostly either for sport or retaliation,
as elephants trample their crops and homes
when their natural food source runs out.
Well, maybe if we stopped polluting the Earth,
they’d have more food to eat
and they wouldn’t have to trample your home.
It’s just retaliation on their part. (high-pitched grunts)
Stop killing the elephants.
Number two is the leatherback turtle.
Like the name suggests, the leatherback turtle,
unlike its harder-shelled cousins,
has a softer shell that’s leather-like to the touch.
The largest of all sea turtles,
these animals have faced a huge drop in population,
mostly due to having being hunted for their meat,
having their eggs poached
and their nesting sites being destroyed
by beachfront properties, as well as pollution.
Oh, humans and their priorities.
Their diet consists primarily of jellyfish
and, unfortunately, many turtles have died accidentally,
mistaking a plastic bag for a jellyfish.
(gulps) Choking. (gags)
Leatherback turtles travel great distances every year,
both to eat and reproduce.
Because of these, they are often caught in fishing nets,
which causes them to drown when tangled up.
Man, you better stop that nonsense!
I don’t wanna live in a world without turtles!
Without them, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
would’ve never existed
and thus my childhood would’ve never existed
and thus I would’ve never existed?
That’s how it works, right?
Number three is the black rhinoceros.
Black rhinos may have already lost one of its subspecies,
the West African black rhinoceros, due to extinction.
They’ve been cut down to near-extinction themselves
by European hunters who were known to value their horns
and kill up to six a day.
Oh, but I’m sure they use their horns
for good stuff, right?
Nope, no they didn’t.
They mostly use their horns for ornaments
and for their ‘medicinal’ properties.
Though, truthfully, a rhino’s horn is made up
of the exact same protein that fingernails
and hair are made of, called keratin.
While it’s estimated that there were literally
hundreds of thousands of black rhinos just 100 years ago,
due to poaching conducted between 1970 and 1992,
96% of them have been killed off.
Today, there are only 5,000 in all of southeastern Africa.
Next time a poacher is caught
trying to kill one of these things,
I feel like we should tape him down
right behind a rhinoceros who’s about to poop.
Have you ever seen a rhinoceros poop?
Their tail goes like that and it’s like (mimics farting).
Look it up on YouTube, it exists.
Number four is the giant panda.
Despite the fact that they have very few natural predators
and are adored by millions,
the giant panda is now the rarest member of the bear family.
With human populations pushing farther and farther
into panda territory, the animals are losing ground
and precious bamboo, which is their primary food supply.
Now, reserves have been set up in China
by organization like the WWF.
However, still, giant pandas’ numbers continue to decline,
their numbers being now between 1,600 and 1,800.
That’s for the entire world!
At this point, there are literally more
stuffed animal panda bears
than there are actual panda bears.
This world is a scary place.
Number five is the vaquita.
Only discovered back in 1958,
this adorable animal is the world’s most rare marine mammal,
beating out even the rarest whale
and will be extinct likely by 2018.
A member of the porpoise family,
the vaquita’s numbers have been absolutely devastated
by illegal fishing operations,
most of these operations occuring
within the Gulf of California in Mexico
to the point where only in the last three years,
more than half of the population
of this marine species has been lost.
It’s estimated that literally less than 100 vaquita remain.
Look at that thing!
It’s just so happy and cute.
‘I’m just a happy dolphin!’
And then spear in the head.
Number six is the North Atlantic right whale.
Though they’ve been declared protected
from whaling since the 1930s,
the North Atlantic right whale
is one of the most endangered large whales in the sea.
And, unfortunately, it doesn’t appear
to be recovering in numbers.
Mostly found in North America’s Atlantic coastal waters,
these whales are often found dead,
either tangled in fishing nets
or after a collision with a ship.
Additionally, climate change has added to the problem,
with the ocean temperatures rising
to levels dangerous to this creature.
This is due to the fact that it actually affects
the amount of food available for them.
So, essentially, we’re starving them off.
That’d be like the temperature getting too high
and then you going to the grocery store and them being like,
‘We got no food for you,’
and then you being like, ‘Oh no.
‘Now I die.’ (gags)
You don’t want that.
Ain’t nobody got time for death.
Number seven is the tiger.
Yes, that furry creature
that we all know and love is in trouble.
Alarmingly, in the last 100 years,
the Earth has seen tiger populations drop
by a whopping 97%.
Recent studies have indicated that there could be
as few as 3,200 tigers left in the entire world.
That’s down from hundreds of thousands.
Considered Asia’s biggest cat,
these animals are being lost to poaching,
deforestation and retaliatory killings.
In addition, tiger habitats
have been almost completely destroyed
for lumber, agriculture and to make way
for roads and highways.
It’s to the point now where they literally only have
about 7% of the land that they once called theirs.
And, sadly, these cats cannot survive
in tiny disconnected zones.
What is the world coming to?
One day, kids are gonna look back
on movies like ‘The Jungle Book’
and be like, ‘What’s that crazy creature there?’
And then, we’re gonna have to be like,
‘That was a tiger.
‘We killed it off to make roads.’
And then our kids are gonna puke from sadness.
And then you have to clean that up.
Just a time-waster.
Number eight are pangolins.
Considered one of the most trafficked animals on the planet,
pangolins wear their own armor
in the form of hundreds of scales lining their bodies.
Their meat is considered a delicacy
in places like China and Vietnam,
especially with their numbers dropping
as low as they have in recent years.
In fact, these creatures were brought
to the brink of extinction in many places,
with over 1 million killed within the last decade alone.
Because of this, it’s actually unknown
how many are left in this world.
However, the WWF has placed them
on the critically endangered list
and is fighting to stop their numbers from hitting zero.
Here’s an idea.
How about we just stop eating these cute little creatures?
I mean, seriously, you have chicken, you have beef,
you even have horse if you want to.
Damn, you could even eat a human!
I mean, you know, it’s not really my thing,
but I don’t knock it ’til I’ve tried it.
This took a weird turn.
Number nine is the Javan rhinoceros.
The most endangered of all the rhino species,
the Javan rhinoceros is actually considered
one of the most endangered large mammals
in the entire world.
Only two populations of this species of rhino exist,
their combined numbers amounting
to less than 60 animals total.
Once again, the reason for many
of their numbers being reduced is poaching,
their horns a commodity in traditional Asian medicine,
while many die out as their habitat
is converted by bulldozers into farmland.
This species could be extinct in only a matter of years.
That is, of course, unless something drastic happens.
But, for the most part, it’s pretty far gone.
This is getting ridiculous!
First tigers, then rhinos?
What’s next, gorillas?
And number 10 is the mountain gorilla.
Considered a critically endangered species by the WWF,
mountain gorillas, like their name suggests,
live in high mountains.
They make their homes in forests
and sit between 2,400 and 4,000 meters above sea level
and have much thicker fur than their cousins.
However, these defenses have failed
from preventing their numbers
from being reduced to only 880.
As some humans have moved further and further
into mountain gorillas’ territory,
the animals have been forced to retreat
further up into the mountains for longer periods of time,
which unfortunately means that they have to try
to sustain harsher conditions, which usually prove deadly.
Well, let’s see how much we like it
when all the icecaps melt and we all have to live
in high mountains and then battle it out with the gorillas.
Let’s see who’s gonna win.
It’s the gorillas.
And that’s it.
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