10 American Animals Rarely Seen By Humans

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California Condor: These birds were endangered in the 20th century because to poaching, lead poisoning, and habitat loss, but conservation efforts have increased their numbers from 22 to over 200.

Florida Panther: As the sole eastern puma, the Florida Panther is a symbol of conservation, living exclusively in southern Florida wetlands and woodlands. With fewer than 200 individuals, the panther confronts habitat loss, automobile crashes,

Hawaiian Monk Seal: Hawaiian culture reveres the Hawaiian Monk Seal, one of the few endangered seal species. Manipulation, fishing net entanglement, and climate change threaten these seals, who number less than 1,400.

Red-cockaded Woodpecker: The Red-cockaded Woodpecker lives in southeastern longleaf pine woods. This region's Red-cockaded Woodpecker population has plummeted to 15,000.

Ocelot: Ocelots, tiny, nocturnal wild cats with gorgeous spotted coats, live in deep underbrush in South Texas and Arizona. The U.S. population of 100 is threatened by habitat fragmentation and border obstacles.

Mexican Gray Wolf: Around 250 Mexican Gray Wolves live in North America, the rarest subspecies. This number is due to conservation initiatives to reintroduce wolves to Arizona and New Mexico protected areas.

Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep: Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep are known for their huge, curving horns and tough lifestyle in California's Sierra Nevada highlands. Pestilence from domestic sheep, predation, and habitat loss reduced their numbers in the 20th century.

Whooping Crane: Their populations have increased from 20 in the 1940s to over 800 presently due to captive breeding and restoration activities. Cranes migrate from Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas, one of the longest migrations of any American bird.

Key Deer: This smaller subspecies of white-tailed deer lives solely in the Florida Keys, where it has adapted to mangroves and hardwood hammocks. Standing 2.5 feet tall at the shoulder, these deer face habitat loss from human development.

Kemp s Ridley Sea Turtle: Kemp s Ridley Sea Turtles, the tiniest and most endangered sea turtles, are famed for their mass nesting, nicknamed arribadas, throughout Mexico and the Gulf Coast.