Six of the 25 “Most Wanted” species, as determined by Global Wildlife Conservation. | Alexis Rockman
Conservation

These Are the World's Top 25 ‘Most Wanted' Animals for Conservationists

A duck with a bright pink head, a flying squirrel, and a kangaroo that climbs trees are among the lost species that scientists are hoping to find and protect in the wild.

Published On 04/19/2017
2:05 PM EDT
Miss Waldron’s Red Colobus (Piliocolobus waldronae). | Alexis Rockman
Pink-headed Duck (Rhodonessa caryophyllacea). | Philip Nelson
Wondiwoi Tree Kangaroo (Dendrolagus mayri). | Alexis Rockman
New Zealand Greater Short-tailed Bat (Mystacina robusta). | Don Merton, Crown Copyright/Department of Conservation
Namdapha Flying Squirrel (Biswamoyopterus biswasi). Wikimedia Commons
Attenborough’s Long-beaked Echidna (Zaglossus attenboroughi). | Alexis Rockman
Silver-backed Chevrotain (Tragulus versicolor). | Alexis Rockman
Ilin Island Cloudrunner (Crateromys paulus). | Alexis Rockman
Somali Sengi (Elephantulus revoilii). | Alexis Rockman
De Winton’s Golden Mole (Cryptochloris wintoni). | Alexis Rockman
Omiltemi Cottontail Rabbit (Sylvilagus insonus). | Alexis Rockman
Himalayan Quail (Ophrysia superciliosa). | National Museum of Natural History, Naturalis
Sinú Parakeet (Pyrrhura subandina). | Alexis Rockman
Zug’s Monitor (Varanus zugorum). | Gou Suzuki
Voeltzkowi’s Chameleon (Furcifer voeltzkowi). | Alexis Rockman
Fernandina Galápagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis phantastica). | John Van Denburgh
Jackson’s Climbing Salamander (Bolitoglossa jacksoni). | Brad Shaffer
Scarlet Harlequin Frog (Atelopus sorianoi). | Enrique La Marca
Syr Darya Shovelnose Sturgeon (Pseudoscaphirhynchus fedtschenkoi). | Bernard R. Kuhajda
Pondicherry Shark (Carcharhinus hemiodon). | Alexis Rockman
Bullneck Seahorse (Hippocampus minotaur). | Martin Gomon/Museum Victoria
Wallace’s Giant Bee (Megachile pluto). Clay Bolt
Sierra Leone Crab (Afrithelphusa leonensis). | Alexis Rockman
Wellington’s Solitary Coral (Rhizopsammia wellingtoni). | Alexis Rockman
Velvet Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes mollis). | Alexis Rockman