Rare Wildlife: Where to See Some of the Most Scarce Species
We live in an unfortunate time. There are species that are becoming increasingly endangered and
even extinct. This can be down to a number of factors, both man-made and natural. But the fact of
the matter is that some of the animals on this list might not be around forever to see. Here’s a
breakdown of where you can find them (however don’t do anything to upset or endanger them if
you do get the chance to see them).
The Amur Leopard is one of the most endangered big cats on earth. There are only around 70 adult
ones left. What makes them so special is their unique coats, patterned with black spots and specks
that distinguish it from other types of leopard. There are two places in the world where you might
be lucky enough to see this big cat. The first location is the Jilin Province in China, the second is the
Primorsky Krai region of Russia.
This species of Rhino is one of the two most endangered types of Rhino on earth (the other being
the Javan). What makes the Sumatran Rhino so special is not only its smaller size but its ancestry. It
is currently the closest living animal related to the now extinct Woolly Rhinoceros. There is only a
handful left, but currently inhibit Sumatran, Borneo and the Malay Peninsula.
The Hainan Gibbon is the rarest ape in the world. There are now only 25 left in existence. This is
unfortunately down to humans – through both hunting and habitat loss. There is only one place in
the world to see the Gibbon. They currently are protected on China’s Hainan Island, in a single bit of
Rare Wildlife: The Gorilla
Thankfully, the Mountain Gorilla population has been growing recently (thanks to the WWF). But
trying to see a Gorilla in the wild is one of the rarest occurrences. This is due to the remote locations
of the animals. It will cost you a small fortune to travel into the wilderness to see one. If you do
decide to make the trip, they inhabit the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Rwanda.
Greater Bamboo Lemur
There was a time when this species was thought to be extinct. However, a population was found in
the 1980’s and the creature can be identified through tuffs of white coming out their ears. The last
existing population can be found in South-Eastern Madagascar where there are currently around 500
left, living in groups of around 28.