The natural rate of extinction is the term used to describe the speed at which life forms would disappear if people were excluded from the equation. Estimates place this rate at close to 1,000 times higher than previously calculated. Up to 200 species are disappearing daily. Here are 20 that our children are unlikely to see.
Fewer than 70 of these beautiful cats exist. They have been driven a hair’s breadth from extinction for their fur, while also facing the dwindling of their natural habitats due to human encroachment. The chances of breeding this rare species in captivity is close to zero, placing this exquisite creature on the critically endangered list.