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So strange, but so special: Meet 10 oddball, endangered species

August 21st, 2009

By Melissa Segrest
Green Right Now

It’s not all about lions and tigers and bears, you know.

They are the familiar furry faces threatened with extinction, so they get a lot of time in the spotlight.

But where are the little-known endangered creatures, the ones that don’t get a lot of press? How about those at-risk species that aren’t so striking or noble, the ones that are downright odd – or ugly?

Thus, we turned to ARKive, a global initiative that gathers film, photos and audio of all the world’s animals, plants and even fungi to create a digital library. With their help, we’ve gathered a photo gallery of 10 slightly strange species that may be living on borrowed time. It’s time for their 15 minutes of fame:

Aye-aye

The aye-aye’s permanent look of shock is just part of its charm. It is one of the strangest primates, which is why it had been classified as a rodent for a while. Aye-ayes’ looks are complemented by pale faces, bulging yellow eyes and paws that look like creepy little hands. They live mostly in Madagascar and are “near threatened” on the IUCN Red List (considered to be the most comprehensive list of animal species’ status). No surprise that, in Madagascar, the aye-ayes are believed to be evil omens.

Photo: © Lynn M. Stone – naturepl.com

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