Tasmania’s Swift Parrot has become critically endangered in recent years due to habitat destruction and predation from the introduced sugar glider. It is believed that fewer than 1,000 breeding pairs remain in the wild.-Swift Parrot by Dave Curtis</a
The Silky sifaka (Propithecus candidus) is a large lemur native to Madagascar. This beautiful lemur is one of the world's rarest mammals with only several hundred left in the wild. The species is threatened by habitat destruction. Recently, however, educational programs in Madagascar show hope for better protection of this vulnerable species.(Source: digdaga, via beverleyshiller)
The Scarlet Macaw has been reintroduced into the rainforest of the Gulf of Mexico after being wiped out there 50 years ago due to habitat destruction and exploitation for the pet trade. In 2014, 27 macaws were released into the Biosphere Reserve in S Veracruz - 1st step in an effort to restore their population there. In addition, info about these birds will be provided in the areas @ the rainforest with hopes that their presence will now be appreciated, respected and protected.
The Gurney's Pitta (Pitta gurneyi) is found in Thailand and Myanmar. Thought to be nearly extinct in the wild, a discovery of healthy populations in Myanmar, seemed to put the bird out of danger. However, the Gurney's Pitta in Myanmar remains threatened by habitat destruction and capture for the pet trade.
This lizard commonly known as the Pinocchio lizard (Anolis proboscis) was presumed extinct when it was not seen after the 1960s, it was rediscovered in 2005. The species had been officially sighted only three times since that year until 2013 when researchers found evidence of a breeding colony in the remote regions of Ecuador.
Sumatran orangutans are designated as Critically Endangered by the IUCN, with a population of just a few thousand, while the Borneo orangutan is considered Threatened. The UN calls the current status of the remaining orangutans “a conservation emergency.” Habitat destruction caused by the massive expansion of palm oil plantations is a primary reason orangutans are facing the threat of extinction. http://ran.org/indonesia%E2%80%99s-rainforests-biodiversity-and-endangered-species