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Endangered Animals Around the World

Updated on December 3, 2014

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Endangered Mammals

Will there be any animals left in the world for our great grandchildren? I know this sounds outlandish but many of our animals in the world are becoming endangered not totally due to man but we contributed a lot.

Do you remember animals that were around when you were young that are either extinct or on the endangered list?

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Gray Wolf
Gray Wolf

Endangered Species Act

of 1973

The Endangered Species Act of 1973 was enacted to primarily prevent the extinction of imperiled plant and animal life and secondarily, to preserve and recover these species by lessening the threats against them (ie, whale hunting). This was signed by President Richard Nixon on December 28, 1973. It was one of many environmental acts to be put into play during that time. Richard Nixon requested that this be written up as other acts that had been enacted upon in the past were inadequate for protecting these animals. This Act protected the animal's ecosystem he depended on as well as the animal this time.

As the animals repopulate, they are removed from the endangered list. An example of this is the Gray Wolf whose populations increased dramatically in the Northern Rockies, Southwest, and Great Lakes. Because of this increase, they were removed from the list. I think this is really great. Quite a few animals have been deleted from the list. Wouldn't it be great if a lot more of these animals could be removed from extinction?

I am going to be talking about mammals in this lens.

Photo appears courtesy of "Creative Commons by Daniel Mott from Stockholm, Sweden"

Margay, a little wild cat

that is on the endangered list.

Margay
Margay

Margay

The Wild Cat Who Lives In Trees

A cute little wild cat called Margay or tree ocelot used to live in Texas and South America. This wild cat is on the endangered list and exists from Mexico down to Argentina. The Margay lives in the tops of trees. They have jointed ankles that rotate 180 degrees which allows them to hang from a branch like a monkey. They use their tail to keep them balanced. The margay's color allows them to be camouflaged from other animals, which allows them to hunt. The reason they are no longer in Texas is that the humans cut down all the trees and poaching illegally.

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Margay - Endangered Wild Cat Who Lives in Trees

You had better watch out! - He is looking at you and looks hungry

Margay
Margay

This is a South American Margay. They have been known to live for 10 years in captivity; but are usually found in a forest habitat, such as humid tropical evergreen and deciduous forests and swampy savannas. They are a tree dwelling mammal and live most of their life there.

Photo appears courtesy of "Creative Commons by Marcio Motta"

Isn't the Little Margay Wild Cat Cute? - Please leave comments.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 4 years ago

      @writerkath: I hadn't either until I was looking at pictures of wild cats and started researching them for a bead pattern that I created.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      Honestly, I had never heard of the Margay! Yes, indeed they are cute - actually, beautiful!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 4 years ago

      @CoolKarma: Aren't they beautiful, Kirsty. I found out about them when I was looking for something to create a bead pattern from.

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      CoolKarma 4 years ago

      Yes, I had never heard of them. I love your lens.

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      mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

      Wow I am impressed they can hang from their back legs that way in the trees! Awesome video footage they have!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @ZenandChic: Thank you for your comment and for your blessing.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @sushilkin lm: Thank you for your comment.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @Missmerfaery444: I know. I feel for the poor animals.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @norma-holt: Thank you for the comment, the blessing and the feature.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @ChrisDay LM: Thank you for commenting. I really do appreciate it.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @indigoj: Thank you for your comment. I think I will be adding other lenses about these animals and linking them to this one.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @imolaK: Thank you for your comment and thank you for your blessing.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @ellagis: No, but I will go look at it now. I will add your link here.

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      ellagis 5 years ago

      Yeah!!! It is lovely!!!! I´m concerned about wildlife too.... have you seen my lens about the Sand cat? ;)

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      A lovely lens on something very important! Blessed!

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      sushilkin lm 6 years ago

      Like your lens! Thanks for sharing !! Contribute your like at PRAY FOR JAPAN for the sake of universal brotherhood !

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      Missmerfaery444 6 years ago

      Very beautiful! It is extremely sad that so many lovely creatures are threatened with being wiped out, and yet still man chops down the rainforests and hunts creatures to extinction for sport or profit... senseless.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      It is so sad to see but inevitable when the human species is breeding itself and everything else out of existence and nothing is done to stop it. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Angel blesings for Dogs on Squidoo,

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @LabKittyDesign: Unfortunately, this is true. Once I get over this funk I am in, I plan to show some more endangered animals. I just fell in love with this cutie.

      Let's hope it is us eating the cockroaches. YUCK!

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      LabKittyDesign 6 years ago

      Sadly, the Margay is just the tip of the iceberg. Ian Anderson - of Jethro Tull fame (!) - has a list of some of the other endangered small-cat species on his site. It includes the Ocelot, Geoffroy's Cat, Pallas' Cat, the Marbled Cat, the Fishing Cat, the Flat-headed Cat, the Rusty-spotted Cat, the Iriomote Cat, the Bornean Bay Cat, the Jaguarundi, and the Kodkod.

      And these are just the small cats. Add to that the big cats. And the non-cats. And the non-mammals. It just goes on and on.

      Seems like eventually the only two species left on the planet will be humans and cockroaches, one of which will eat the other...

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      imolaK 6 years ago

      This is the first time to read about the Margay. Thank you for sharing this lens with us. Blessed by an Angel!

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      I've never heard of the Margay... what a shame it is endangered. I live in Scotland where we too have an endangered wildcat. Looking forward to learning about the other endangered animals once you've added them.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Didn't know about the Margay - Thanks for the information.

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        Grandma-Marilyn 4 years ago

        @writerkath: Glad to do it. I needed educating also.

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        writerkath 4 years ago

        Sending you and our beautiful endangered animals some Squid Angel lovin' - thank you for writing about and educating me about this. Until today, I had never heard of a Margay! :)

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        mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

        Awesome lens love the Margay cat! :)P

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        Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

        @aishu19: I know. I feel the same way.

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        Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

        @Missmerfaery444: Thank you.

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        Missmerfaery444 6 years ago

        Look forward to visiting this lens again to see which animals are spotlighted!

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        aishu19 6 years ago

        It is saddening to see such lovely species go away for good. I do hope we stop more from going off just like that..