The hawksbill turtle is the most threatened turtle species, because of wildlife trade. Image Credit: Unsplash/Olga Tsai

We’re well into 2022. But as time trudges along, the clock is counting down to the end of some of the animal’s beloved birds and animals – they are expected to go extinct by 2030.

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According to a report in US-based weekly news magazine Newsweek, one large category of animals that’s likely to go extinct by 2030 are species that we know almost nothing about – they are already so rare, they will disappear without us ever having the opportunity to gain any real knowledge about them.

Here are a few other animals that environmentalists say are on the brink:

1. Red wolf

red wolf
Red wolf Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Red Wolf Recovery Program

Red wolves used to roam all across the southeastern part of the US. Now, there are only 12 left in the wild. Legal and illegal shooting, as well as hybridisation with coyotes, are some of the reasons they are dying out.

2. Chinese pangolin

Pangolin Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Frendi Apen Irawan

With their oddball appearance, and often called ‘pinecones with legs’, pangolins are the world’s only scaly mammal. But all eight of their species are under threat – in China and Vietnam, they are eaten, and their scales used in traditional medicine.

3. Maui dolphin

Only 60 Maui dolphin are left on the planet, living off the coast of North Island in New Zealand. The rare species of dolphin are often the victims of entanglement in fishing nets, which leads to their death.

4. Bornean orangutans

Bornean orangutan
Bornean orangutan Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Rohitjahnavi

In the past 60 years, the Bornean orangutan’s numbers have reduced by half, according to Worldwide Fund for Wildlife (WWF). With hunting and logging as the biggest threats to its survival and habitat, there are only about 41,000 of these animals left in the wild.

5. Hawksbill turtle

As the most threatened turtle species, because of wildlife trade, these sea turtles are also hurt by the loss of their habitats, fishing, pollution and coastal development. Tragically, sea turtles have been around for 100 million years, and help keep coral reefs healthy – and now, we may be seeing the last of the hawksbill variety.

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