Saturday, 15 July 2017

The Most Hunted Animals In The World

  • This week we are going to look at some of the most hunted animals in the world, I do not agree with hunting and it sucks to see how many animals have died due to this act!

1. Pangolin - Manidea sp.

Over the past decade, more then one million pangolins have been illegally trafficked, making it the most trafficked animal in the world! one specie, (Manis pentadactyla) has become extinct because of over hunting. In August 2016, a man was arrested because he had 650 dead Pangolins in his freezer!!

Here are some interesting facts about the pangolin

  • A Pangolin's tongue can be larger that it's body when fully extended!
  •  An average Pangolin will eat around 60 million insects a year!
  • Pangolins are the only mammals in the world covered in scales!

2. Siberian tiger - Panthera altaica

It is estimated the wild population of Siberian tigers is around 400-450! Almost all wild Siberian tigers live at the southeast corner of Russia. They can also be found in northeastern china. The Siberian tiger is the largest of it's specie growing up to 4 meters in length (13 feet). They are considered critically endangered because of hunting and habitat loss from intense logging

Here are some interesting facts about the Siberian tiger  

  • The Siberian tiger is the largest cat in the world!
  • Apparently the Siberian tiger will only roar during mating season!  

  • Siberian tigers hunt alone, but will share there meals with other tigers!

3. African Bush Elephant - Loxodonta africana 

In 1900 there were approximately 10 million of these animals, today their total number is estimated at around 300,000! Most of the elephants killed today are linked to illegal poaching. In some places it is legal to hunt elephants; South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania. The African bush elephant is the most endangered animal in Africa 

Here are some facts about the African Bush Elephant 

  • The African Bush Elephant is the largest and heaviest land mammal on earth! 
  • They have a large life span, living up to 70 years old in the wild!
  • More than 25,000 elephants died because of poachers in 2016

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