Month: March 2010

Bear cuscus

The Bear cuscus is an elusive marsupial found only on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Not much is known about the Bear cuscus which is certainly a rare find considering that Asia is not known for marsupial species. There is no current population estimate. On the island of Sulawesi the Bear cuscus can be found

Barrio’s Frog

Barrio’s Frog is found in only one place in the world – Mehuin, Valdivia, Chille. These unique frogs are extremely fast and although they make their home around streams they are not very good swimmers, however they make up for it by being powerful jumpers. Currently the Barrio’s Frog is classed as critically endangered due

Angel’s Madagascar frog

Angel’s Madagascar frog, as the name suggests lives exclusively in Madagascar and can be found only in south eastern Madagascar. These hard of hearing frogs  are primarily nocturnal and make their home in the rushing torrents of Madagascar’s forests. Sadly Angel’s Madagascar frog is currently listed as endangered due to threats like human expansion, deforestation,

Anderson’s Salamander

Anderson’s Salamander is a unique species of salamander that is only found in Lake Zacapu, Mexico. This rare salamander is unique in that it retains juvenile characteristics throughout its life, essentially coming into sexual maturity very early on in its lifespan. Sadly Anderson’s Salamander is currently classed as critically endangered due to pollution in Lake

Amazonian manatee

The Amazonian manatee is the only fresh water manatee in the world and is found only in the Amazon river basin. This unique species of manatee is currently classed as vulnerable and the exact population numbers are unknown. The last population estimate on the Amazonian manatee was just over 30 years ago where there was

Fleay’s Barred Frog

Fleay’s Barred Frog can be found in New South Wales and Southeast Queensland and is currently listed as endangered. Although Fleay’s Barred Frog are fairly common across these ranges there is a noticeable decline taking place. The reason for the decline in population is thought to be a combination of a handful of different factors

Top 10 Short-lived Creatures

Having already covered the creatures with the longest lifespan we thought it would only be right to do a feature on the creatures with the shortest lifespan. Here we have the Top 10 creatures with the shortest lifespan, counting down from 5 years we kick off this list with a common pet that everyone recognizes,

Alabama Waterdog

The Alabama Waterdog is a rare species of gilded salamander that is found exclusively in the Black Warrior River drainage system, Alabama. Very little is known about the Alabama Waterdog’s as they are very rare and almost completely hidden during the summer months. The Alabama Waterdog’s are currently classed as endangered due to habitat loss

African pygmy squirrel

The African pygmy squirrel is found in western and central Africa and is the smallest species of squirrel known to humans, measuring at around 70mm head to toe this tiny squirrel is roughly the size of a common mouse. Currently listed as ‘Data Deficient’ the African pygmy squirrel’s habitat has been recently facing serious deforestation

Amami rabbit

The Amami rabbit is a Japanese national treasure but even so this elusive rabbit is mostly unknown even to the population of Japan. Reason for the Amami rabbit not being very well known could be down to the fact that it can only be found on two islands in southern Japan, Amami and Tokuno islands.

Monito del monte

The Monito del monte or otherwise known as the ‘mountain monkey’ is actually not a monkey at all but rather a small, mouse sized marsupial. This unique marsupial is widely regarded as a ‘living fossil’ be scientists as it is the last of an evolutionarily extinct family line. Sadly for these unique marsupials their population

Volcano rabbit

The Volcano rabbit is one of the smallest species of rabbit in the world and is believed to be one of the most primitive rabbit species in the world. The Volcano rabbit’s name is derived from its unique environment  as they are only found around four prominent volcanoes in Mexico, the Volcano rabbit is not