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Smiling Tarsier Now Among the World's Most Endangered Species ~ ~ wow ~ #wildlife #biodiversity

Smiling Tarsier Now Among the World's Most Endangered Species ~ ~ wow ~ #wildlife #biodiversity

This smiling face is only smiling because it doesn't realize how critical its situation is. The Siau Island tarsier is threatened by both an active volcano and by locals hunting it for bushmeat and has been moved on to the IUCN Red List as critically endangered. It is only found on a tiny Indonesian island which is home to an active volcano. Depending on which way the lava flows, this volcano could have a direct impact on the species when it erupts. The more immediate threat this tarsier faces, however, is the almost complete degradation of its habitat by locals and the widespread hunting of it for bushmeat. Approximately 80% of the population has been wiped out in the last ten years. Rebecca Miller of the IUCN says: "There are credible reports that the locals regularly eat them and may serve five to ten in a single sitting." Photo: George Grall The Bog Turtle may look hug...

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