Lacoste Replaced Its Iconic Crocodile Logo with 10 Endangered Animals To Generate Awareness of Their Possible Extinction
7The Anegada Ground Iguana
Also called the stout iguana, it is a critically endangered species found only on the islands of Anegada and Guana. Once found also on Puerto Rico and Saint Thomas Islands, the range of the animal’s habitat has greatly reduced over time.
Livestock grazing deprives it of food
The main problem that has led to its decrease is the forced diet. Livestock grazing in its native habitat deprives it of food forcing it to eat rejected vegetation and smaller insects and animals. The Iguana is a natural herbivore and the diet is what is causing it to go extinct. In addition, it is also hunted by feral cats and dogs.
8The Cao-Vit Gibbon
Also called the eastern black crested gibbon, it is one of the rarest in the world that lives near the border of China and Vietnam. In fact, until the 2000s, there were no sightings of the animal leading experts to think it was extinct. In 2005, its numbers were estimated to be around 37.
Deforestation is the main cause of its decrease
Conservation efforts are on in China by members of Kadoorie Conservation after it was rediscovered in China where just 10 were thought to be living in Jingxi County Guangxi, China. The main threat to its survival has been the encroachment of habitat and deforestation.
This is a shy herbivores species also called the Asian unicorn and is among the world’s rarest large animals like the java Rhino. It is native to the Annamite range in Vietnam and Laos. The only time a living wild Saola was photographed was in 1999 by the WWF.
The main threat
As a critically endangered species, the main threat to its survival is the extensive poaching of the animal. There have been more sightings in the valleys and near rovers of eastern Indochina when the Saola usually migrates to lowlands.
10The Sumatran Tiger
This magnificent carnivore weighs up to 100 kgs and is almost 2 meters in length. The Sumatran tiger is on the red list of the ICUN critically endangered species since 2008 and only around 670 are known to exist with no other subpopulation more than 50. While the Bali and Java tigers have already gone extinct, the Sumatran tiger is the only surviving population in the Sunda Islands.
Poaching and deforestation is the main culprit for its decline
While the Sumatran tiger is genetically distinct from other tigers, the decline of its populations is mainly due to poaching and deforestation. Poaching of tigers worldwide is largely due to the demand for its products in Chinese medicine. Palm oil plantations are another major culprit that threatens its natural habitat.