I’m back from my travels and ready to bring you the final post of my series on strange animals. I have really enjoyed writing this series and exploring the beautiful diversity on this planet, and I hope I’ve opened your eyes to why these unique creatures are so important. If you loved this series as much as I did please like this post and check out the other articles in this series. (To read the first part, click here. To read the second, click here. For the third segment, click here, and click here for the fourth.)
- Glass Frog
These adorable amphibians have a vibrant green color and mainly live in trees. What makes them abnormal is their translucent abdominal skin. This clear-colored skin allows you to see their organs and is helpful for them to escape predators. Due to the fact that they’re tree-dwellers, habitat loss is a major threat to this species. Studies have shown that these animals are absolutely vital to the seamless functioning of their ecosystem because they are a huge help in controlling the local insect population. Join the Rainforest Alliance in helping to protect these frogs and other rainforest animals.
- Bearded Vulture
These carrion eaters are able to digest entire bones! Vultures extremely important because they eat dead animals like roadkill and the remains of other animals’ kills. This significantly reduces diseases that may come from such carcasses, and they help reintroduce the energy from the dead animals back into the food chain as waste/fertilizer. Unfortunately, the very food they eat often poisons them! In addition to the contamination of their food, habitat loss also threatens these beautiful birds. Join WWF in protecting endangered species like these.
These majestic goats are native to Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Their prized horns can reach up to 1.5 meters in length, but unfortunately they’re in danger due to hunting and habitat loss. Markhors are herbivores that help keep vegetation in check, and all five subspecies are endangered or critically endangered. Currently only 2,000 to 4,000 are still surviving in the wild. To learn about the community-based conservation tactics being implemented, check out saveourspecies.org.
Thank you so much for reading this series! I have had so much fun researching and writing about these fantastic creatures, and I hope you’re as fascinated with them as I am. If you’d like to receive an email every time I post, sign up to follow my blog.