“Weirdest” Animals to Get Conservation Attention

070116weirdspecies_big In the news today: A new conservation effort aims to protect some of the world’s oddest and most overlooked animal species.

The Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) program, led by the Zoological Society of London, focuses on animals that have unique evolutionary histories and face immediate risk of extinction. (Read a news article.)

The 10 "Weird" Focal Species for 2007

  • Pygmy hippopotamus
  • Attenborough’s long-beaked echidna
  • Hispaniolan solenodon
  • Bactrian camel
  • Yangtze River dolphin
  • Slender loris (Pictured above)
  • Hirola antelope
  • Golden-rumped elephant shrew
  • Bumblebee bat
  • Long-eared jerboa

    Photograph of slender loris by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images

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