Extremely rare animals on Earth that people would be lucky to see once

Extremely rare animals on Earth that people would be lucky to see once

The vast majority of animals kept in zoos are not endangered at all, so animal right's organisations including Peta strongly discourage people from visiting them, but if you are keen to get up close and personal with animals from around the world - opt for the rarer breeds. Here are the list of world's rarest animals.

Red panda
Red pandas are native to Southwest China and the Himalayas and loss of habitat means there are fewer than 10,000 of them left in the wild.

Snow leopard
Although it's very hard to stumble across a snow leopard, let alone study them, it is estimated than there could be as few as 4,000 left in the wild. Native to the mountain ranges of Central Asia, these astonishingly beautiful cats are known to prey on livestock as their natural habitat declines, making them a target for farmers. They are also hunted for their pelts, and their body parts used in Chinese medicine.

White alligator
Only around 15 in five million alligators are born with this genetic default that results in a lack of pigmentation in their skin. Sadly, white 'leucistic' alligators and crocodiles are highly desirable when it comes to making expensive handbags. Hermes sold its diamond-encrusted white 'Himalayan Nilo Birkin' for a whopping $185,000 at an auction in Los Angeles.

White lion
White lions are most likely indigenous to the Timbavati region of South Africa, but the majority of the population is kept in captivity.

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