These 18 Animals Could Become Extinct in Your Lifetime

Aug 4, 2015 By Megan Berman 0

According to the Guardian, species around the world are disappearing at almost 1,000 times the natural rate — which means we’re losing around 150-200 species every day. Close to 15% of all mammal species and 11% of all bird species are currently listed as threatened with extinction.

And while the human population shows no signs of slowing down, we continue to appropriate more land to develop cities, acquire natural resources, and build farms, not realizing or caring that we’re destroying other creatures’ natural habitats (not to mention man-made disasters like oil spills, climate change, acid rain, and over-hunting and fishing).

These animals are just a fraction of the thousands in danger of extinction…

Hooded Seal

Hooded seals, which are found only in the central and western North Atlantic, have been heavily hunted since the turn of the century.

Prior to the 1940s, they were hunted for leather and oil deposits, though more recently, threats include subsistence hunting, and bycatch.


Tree Kangaroo

Tree kangaroos, as their name suggests, are marsupials who live in trees. They live in the tropical rainforests of New Guinea, far northeastern Queensland, Australia, and other islands in the region.

The two most significant threats to tree kangaroos are habitat loss and hunting. Their natural habitats are destroyed by logging and timber production which, in turn, exposes them to predators. They are also hunted by native tribes and communities, which markedly contributes to the population decline of the species.


Bearded Vulture

These exotic looking birds of prey inhabit Mount Everest, the Himalayas, and other mountainous regions of Europe and Asia.

Bearded vultures have been persecuted in significant numbers because people feared (without justification) that they regularly carried off children and domestic animals.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) estimates that are are only 10,000 pairs in the wild worldwide.



The axolomeh (maddeningly, the plural of axolotl), which are also known as Mexican walking fish, are actually not fish at all. These amphibians originate from numerous lakes, such as Lake Xochimilco underlying Mexico City.

As of 2010, wild axolomeh are nearly extinct due to urbanization in Mexico City and consequent water pollution, and a 2013 search turned up no surviving individuals in the wild.


Saiga Antelope

Originally inhabiting the Eurasian steppe, including Dzungaria and Mongolia, the saiga antelope is probably one of the most unique looking creatures in the world. Currently, it is only found in one location in Russia, and three areas in Kazakhstan.

The saiga antelope has been heavily hunted for centuries. Its horn is used in traditional Chinese medicine, which has wiped the population out completely in China, where it is a Class I Protected Species, and drives major poaching and smuggling.


This Awesome 79-Year-Old Grandma Went Missing…Only To Turn Up In a Tattoo Shop!

Jul 28, 2015 By Megan Berman 0

When Tony Sellers came to visit his 79-year-old mother, Sadie, at Daleview House — an elderly care home in Northern Ireland — and she was nowhere to be found, he was understandably a little bit freaked out.

When he went to his mother’s room, her wheelchair was there, but her walker was missing…


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These 18 Animals Could Become Extinct in Your Lifetime

Jul 11, 2015 By Megan Berman 0

Eerily Captivating 1-minute Movie ‘Shines A Light’ on Global Childhood Mortality

Jun 17, 2015 By Megan Berman 0

A shadowy sculpture turns a little boy into a pile of rotting food, dirty water, weapons, damaged medical equipment, and ammunition in an arresting new video from Human Appeal, an international humanitarian aid charity.

The project, ‘Shine A Light,’ encourages awareness of the horrifying human rights abuses that children face around the world, in the hope that together, we can save them…

These Aren’t Aliens…They’re REAL Creatures Newly Discovered 20,000 Feet Under the Sea

Jun 12, 2015 By Megan Berman 0

Did you know that a whopping 95 percent of the world’s oceans remain unexplored and unseen by humans?

Considering the fact that most of our planet’s oceans are a mystery to humankind, we can’t say we’re surprised that a team of scientists, backed by the U.S. government, have discovered never-before-seen sea creatures in the deep sea off the coast of Puerto Rico…

Océano Profundo 2015: Exploring Puerto Rico’s Seamounts, Trenches, and Troughs

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Students From All Over the World Say What They REALLY Think of Americans…Think You Can Handle It?

Jun 11, 2015 By Megan Berman 0

Have you ever wondered what other people think of you? Of course you have — you’re human. But do you ever wonder what the world thinks of you just because you’re an American (if you are, that is)?

Well, you’re about to find out, because at a Japanese University recently, students from all over the world were asked how they “distinguish Americans”

According to these German women, we just LOVE fast food…



These Swedish guys think we’re kinda sloppy…



While this Lithuanian tries to be a bit kinder…