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Saving the Good, the Bad--And the Ugly [Slide Show]

A hyena might not be as adorable as a tiger cub or dolphin, but a few champions of nature's endangered ugly underdogs say the hideous are just as worthy of protection as the huggable
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HELMETED HORNBILL

A prize for hunters, the exotic-looking helmeted hornbill ( Rhinoplax vigil ) has also been under siege by a rapid loss of forests in its native Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand. Its numbers are dwindling, and it is currently listed as near-threatened . ....[ More ]

AYE-AYES ONLY FOR YOU

The aye-aye ( Daubentonia madagascariensis ) is a near threatened nocturnal lemur from Madagascar. Although its range extends through much of the eastern forests of this Indian Ocean island nation, the animals appear to be few and far between (giving it a near-threatened status).....[ More ]

HUMORLESS HYENA

Fewer than 8,000 of these scavengers still traipse across southern Africa. The brown hyena ( Hyaena brunnea ) prefers arid scrub and savanna but can exist near human developments—that is, if humans allow it.....[ More ]

THE UNUSUAL UAKARI

Swinging from trees in western Brazil and eastern Peru, this rare red-faced monkey is becoming an increasingly uncommon sight. The uakari ( Cacajao calvus ) has several subspecies, many of which live in distinct ranges along Amazonian rivers and swamps.....[ More ]

DIGGING FOR DUGONGS

The global population of the dugong, or sea cow (Dugong dugon) remains unknown. But the vulnerable marine mammal roams the coastal areas of nearly 50 countries the tropical areas of the eastern hemisphere, making its status difficult to track.....[ More ]

WILD(LESS) DOGS

The African wild dog ( Lycaon pictus ) once roamed much of sub-Saharan Africa's deserts and mountains. But today the endangered pup, also known as the cape or painted hunting dog, is rarely spotted.....[ More ]

PICKOFF A PECCARY

This endangered ungulate now lives in central South America with its shrinking habitat extending into Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina. The bristly Chacoan peccary ( Catagonus wagneri ) was once common in Argentina's Chaco region , where they still run in herds of up to nine.....[ More ]

CIRCLING DEATH

Not geographically limited by its name, the Egyptian vulture ( Neophron percnopterus ) has taken to the air in at least 45 countries, spanning three continents. But as an endangered species, it may not be soaring for long.....[ More ]

FREAKY FROG

Coffee may be the death of these ancient amphibians , which likely evolved about 130 million years ago. Discovered in 2003, the Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis (also called the purple burrowing frog) lives in a small mountainous area of southern India, where coffee, cinnamon and other crops have encroached on much of the endangered frog's traditional habitat.....[ More ]

SCARCE SALAMANDER

This swimming salamander is critically endangered and is known to live only in a small area just south of Mexico City. Like many other amphibians, the axolotl ( Ambystoma mexicanum ) has vanished from a large part of its original habitat.....[ More ]

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