A giant bat and a tiny fox are among 12 of the world's most endangered species recently highlighted by the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Only identified as a separate species in 2004, the highly endangered Sumatran orangutan (above, a Sumatran orangutan in Kansas's Sedgwick County Zoo) may disappear before scientists can properly study the species.Wild populations of the orangutan, found only in Aceh Province in southern Sumatra, Indonesia, have declined by 80 percent in the past 75 years. The smallest of the cetaceansa€”the group of marine mammals that includes bottlenose dolphinsa€”the vaquita is also the most threatened, according to the WCS report. With about 400 individuals remaining, the ploughshare tortoise (pictured) of northwestern Madagascar may go extinct in 30 years, according to the WCS report "Rarest of the Rare."After years of decline due to hunters and forest fires, the reptile is now a favorite of smugglers for the international pet trade, who have operated more freely in Madagascar since political unrest gripped the country in 2009. The largest bat in Florida, the Florida bonneted bat was thought to be extinct until 2002, when scientists found a small colony of the flying mammals in Fort Myers.The 21-inch-long (53-centimeter-long) bat is one of the critically endangered species highlighted in the new "Rarest of the Rare" report.
The national bird of the Caribbean island of Grenada, the pink-breasted Grenada dove (pictured) numbers fewer than 150, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society's new report "Rarest of the Rare."Habitat loss and introduced predators including mongooses, cats, and rats have pushed the remaining birds into a small area of the island country.
White-headed langurs (pictured), native to Cat Ba Island in Vietnam's Halong Bay, have declined by 98 percent in the past four decades, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.Hunters have killed the animals to meet demand for traditional Chinese medicines, and habitat destruction has also taken its toll, the "Rarest of the Rare" report noted. Though still among the world's rarest creatures, a horse and a frog featured in the new WCS report are considered success stories. Montana's American Prairie Reserve gets a step closer to restoring wildlife habitat with the acquisition of historic property.
The human-size towers in Colombia and Venezuela wetlands are actually piles of excrement, a new study says.


The plants are thriving in a wetland that sprang up after the mine was shuttered in the 1970s. Flaring the gills that give the species its name, a frilled shark swims at Japan's Awashima Marine Park on Sunday, January 21, 2007. Listen to your favorite National Geographic news daily, anytime, anywhere from your mobile phone. The tiny mammal has succumbed to predation from golden eagles as well as diseases from domestic dogs introduced to the islands, experts say. Only about 6,600 orangutans are left in Sumatra, according to the "Rarest of the Rare" report.The animals are rapidly losing habitat to palm oil plantations. In its native waters of Mexico's northern Gulf of California, the 5-foot-long (1.5-meter-long) vaquita often drowns in fishing nets (pictured, a casualty in Baja California).
Breeding the amphibian in captivity may be the species' last hope, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. The species has declined to just about a hundred animals due to widespread loss of its preferred roosting sites in cliff crevices and tree cavities. The remaining 59 langurs are split into a few isolated groups, which may lead to inbreeding, experts say. Sightings of living frilled sharks are rare, because the fish generally remain thousands of feet beneath the water's surface.


But the truth may never be known, since the "living fossil" died hours after it was caught. Young orangutans are also sometimes killed as pests or illegally captured for the international pet trade, experts say.
Faced with approximately 150 animals left in the wild, the Mexican government passed a 2009 resolution to ban a particularly damaging type of fishing net in part of the vaquita's range.
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