Due to heavy hunting and poaching in the 1800s, the Florida Panther was nearly driven into extinction. Today, there are fewer than 100 in the wild.  Photo taken in Everglades National Park.

Florida In Heat - Animals In Everglades National Park

Due to heavy hunting and poaching in the 1800s, the Florida Panther was nearly driven into extinction. Today, there are fewer than 100 in the wild. Photo taken in Everglades National Park.

Kakapo  "This is not only the rarest, but the strangest parrot in the world. Imagine a rather portly nocturnal bird that never flies, preferring to hike through hilly forest for miles every night. It weighs in as the heaviest parrot in the world at 8 pounds. Imagine this and you have the very real (but virtually extinct) kakapo. A resident of New Zealand, which is home to a number of rare birds, there are only 62 kakapos remaining on earth."

20 of the World's Weirdest Endangered Animal Species

Kakapo "This is not only the rarest, but the strangest parrot in the world. Imagine a rather portly nocturnal bird that never flies, preferring to hike through hilly forest for miles every night. It weighs in as the heaviest parrot in the world at 8 pounds. Imagine this and you have the very real (but virtually extinct) kakapo. A resident of New Zealand, which is home to a number of rare birds, there are only 62 kakapos remaining on earth."

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