"A zookeeper brushes the back of a baird's tapir, an endangered species, inside her enclosure at the Preservation and Research Center in Yokohama, south of Tokyo October 25, 2010. The facility, which is located at the breeding zone of Yokohama Zoological Gardens, is closed to the public to allow selected endangered species to breed in the most suitable environments and to study the endangered animals, according to the center." REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
Baby bongo and mother. A highly endangered species, there are now more bongos in captivity than in the wild. Bongos are characterised by a striking reddish-brown coat, black and white markings, white-yellow stripes and long slightly spiralled horns. Indeed, bongos are the only tragelaphid in which both sexes have horns.
Endangered Species: Bridled Nail-tailed Wallaby of Australia was thought to be extinct until 1973 when a small population was found. Conservation efforts were put into place, but the species is still endangered. There are only about 500 in the world.
Emei Moustache Toad (Vibrissaphora boringii) by Minghai Dong: During mating season, each male of this endangered species from China grows 10- 16 spines on its upper lip which are used for fighting other males, headbutting each other in the belly to drive the spines into the others flesh. (Image: ChinaFotoPress/Getty) via newscientist. Check out the video! #Toad
20 of the World's Weirdest Endangered Animal Species
The Echidna is one of two egg-laying mammals in the world (the other is the famous duck-billed platypus). Though it looks a big hedgehog-like, this spiky creature is shy and non-confrontational. The echidna has a long, moist snout and an even longer tongue which it uses to feast on termites. It has no teeth, so it has to “chew” termites by crushing them between its tongue and mouth cavity. There are actually 4 species of echidna, and along with the platypus, they are the only monotremes.