21 Jul '17, 2am

The last of their kind -- 8 species with fewer than 10 confirmed individuals left on Earth

Fossils of extinct creatures elicit daydreams — seeing dinosaurs walk the Earth, watching the first birds take flight or observing a trilobite scurry through a tide pool. Other than the remote hope of cloning extinct animals , these ponderings are reserved for the imagination. Extinction is the reason we should cherish the creatures that still roam the planet, the ones we still have a chance to experience. This is especially true when it comes to creatures teetering on the brink of extinction. With this in mind, we present the world's rarest animals — species with fewer than 10 confirmed individuals left alive, including the northern white rhinoceros (pictured). Editor's note: This slideshow has been updated since it was originally published in February 2013.

Full article: https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/photos/8-specie...

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