Hi and welcome to the Sunday post, today we’re taking a break from literature to talk about endangered animals. As humans we share the planet with many types flora and fauna. The sad truth is that human activities such as deforestation, pollution and man-made disasters have affected many species’ natural habitat, from the oceans to the arctic some species are  on the verge of extinction. Whether you’re a fan of amphibians, fishes, or your fellow mammal, here are 10 endangered species that you should know about.

doc3980California tiger Salamander

First up on the list is the stocky, amphibian, the California Tiger Salamander. This little critter can be found in the California, in and around part of Santa Barbara, and range between 7 and 8 inches in length. In addition small eyes protruding from the top of its head, some of the striking features of this terrestrial critter include its coloration of white and pale yellow spots throughout its body.

doc4867Desert pupfish

Next up is an adorable fish that inhabits parts of California and Arizona, the Desert pupfish (Cyprinodon macularius). Roughly 2 inches in size, the fish has a rounded body with a yellow tale. Its critical habitat includes includes Quitobaquito Springs, Pima County, portions of San Felipe Creek, Carrizo Wash, and Fish Creek Wash, Imperial County, California. The fish has been on the endangered species list since 1986.


Short-Tailed albatross

Found in along the pacific northwest, the northern parts of Canada as well as Alaska, the white-bodied bird is stands has average length of 84-91 cm; a wingspan: 213-229 cm (7-7.5 ft); and a lifespan of 12-45 yrs. This species of bird is popular among sailors and is it is considered bad luck to kill them, as popularized in Samuel Taylor Coleridge‘s poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Whether or not you’re superstitious, one thing is for sure, we’d like to see more of this majestic bird.

Bonobo, CongoBonobo

From reptiles, to fish, and feathered friends, many species are listed on the endangered species list, including mammals. The Bonobo (pan paniscus) is one such mammal. With a DNA make-up of 98.7%, bonobos are as close to humans as chimpanzee– if not closer. Today, these furry great ape cousins can only be found in forests south of the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), however poaching remains a eminent threat to this animal’s extinction.

fin-whale-article-pageFin Whale

With a distinct dorsal fin, the Fin Whale’s largest threat is commercial fishing, despite being at the top of the food chain. For over a century these whale have been hunted for oil, meat, and baleen. Somewhere between 50,000 and 90,000 of these whale remain and they can be found in the Gulf of California, the Coral Triangle, as well as the Arctic.



Michael Ray is a writer, editor, and Generation Y shutterbug. California grown environmentalist and published photographer, “Say Avocado.”

You can find me across social media platforms (including Twitter, Soundcloud, Bonoboville, Instagram, and Youtube) with intersecting content focused on ecology, environmental activism, Literature, and California culture. I read and write about plant-based living, with recommended readings, audio broadcasts and short documentaries. I  like appropriate technologies like solar system and home gardens.

In my non-writing life, I like painting, fashion, yoga, and set design. I’m a graduate of Humboldt State University with a BA in English Literature, and was a costumer for the world-famous Humboldt Circus 2012-13. I love Poesy, spoken word and was Poetry Division editor for The Toyon Literary Journal.

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