Certain rare animals hog the limelight – pandas, I’m looking at you. Here are some incredible beasts you’ve probably never heard of
There was a strong reaction to news that a green-haired turtle that breathes through its genitals – also known as the Mary turtle, native to an Australian river – had been added to a list of the world’s most endangered reptiles. The Guardian article on the punk-looking turtle has been shared tens of thousands of times.
Interestingly, a new study suggests that because “charismatic” species (such as panda and tiger) are so visible in pop culture, the public doesn’t appreciate how endangered they are. So here are some lesser-known eccentric endangered species which deserve their moment in the spotlight. Remember: leave them alone, and do not try to buy them online as pets. And maybe consider donating to a conservation charity, too.