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Endangered Animals to add to your “Must See” list!

Endangered Animals to add to your “Must See” list!

Spotting a rare animal in their natural environment is always a holiday highlight. If you’re lucky enough to see a Borneo Orangutan high in the treetops or an elusive Blue Whale, you can’t help but feel the thrill of excitement. Unfortunately too many of our animals are facing threats to their environment and becoming vulnerable, endangered or extinct.

Changing environments, global warming, deforestation and hunters are threatening hundreds of animal species worldwide and unfortunately even the most concentrated conservation efforts won’t be able to save them all. Experts calculate the extinction rate to be between 0.01% and 0.1% of all species. While nobody knows exactly how many different species are out there (because we’re still discovering new ones), this means that if we have 2 million species, then between 200-2000 extinctions will occur every year. If we have 100 million different species (as some scientists believe), then that extinction rate will be 10,000-100,000 species every year. That’s pretty mind-blowing.

In fact, it’s a good reminder to take notice of our surroundings and the many incredible living things in it. We’ve compiled a list of just a handful of animal species that are on the vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered list that you may like to see before it’s too late and where to find them. But of course, as with any wildlife, there are never any guarantees that you will see them!

• Borneo Orangutan – Borneo

• Blue Whale – St Lawrence Marine Park Quebec, Iceland, The Azores, Monterey Bay California, Sea of Cortez Mexico, Sri Lanka

• Borneo Pygmy Elephant – Lower Kinabatagan, Sabah, Borneo

• Galapagos Penguin – 90% are found on Fernandina and Isabela, but also Santiago, Bartolome, northern Santa Crus and Floreana islands.

• Hector’s Dolphin – New Zealand

• Sumatran Elephant – Sumatra

• Sumatran Orangutan – Sumatra

• Sumatran Rhino – Sumatra

• Sumatran Tiger – Sumatra

• Polar Bear – Arctic circle including Greenland, Norway, Canada, Russia

• Southern Rockhopper Penguin – Falkland Islands, islands off Argentile and Chile, New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands

• Marine Iguana – Galapagos Islands

• Leatherback Turtle – Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans from Alaska down to New Zealand

• Beluga – Arctic and Subarctic

• Dugong – East coast of Australia, Pacific Ocean, East Africa, Indian Ocean

• Giant Tortoise – Galapagos Islands, Seychelles


Ultimate Cruising has cruises going to all these destinations (although not all may have packages on our site) feel free to give the Ultimate Cruising team a call (or you can request a call here) and have a chat about the various options - and we are happy to lengthen your stay, pre or post cruise so you can have an itinerary perfect for you.



Image Credits:

Hector Dolphins 


Rock hopper: Copyright Ponant - Nathalie Michel