These Are the Rarest Animals in the World

The animal kingdom is an amazing place, full of colorful creatures that swim, fly, run, walk, and roam freely around the Earth. Sadly, a lot of animals are on the brink of extinction, including some you might have never even heard of. Here are 15 of the rarest animals in the world.

1.  Pika

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Pika | Sylvain CORDIER/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images

No, not Pikachu, but pika, or rather Ilia pika (Ochotona iliensis), is a tiny mammal that lives in the Tianshan mountain range and was discovered in 1983. Found in the extremely remote Xinjiang region of China, these animals are only 7–8 inches long and love to live on sloping bare rocks. You can find all 1,000 or so that are left eating grass at high elevations. The number of pika in the world has declined by a stark 70% since 1983, due largely to climate change that’s forced them higher and higher up into the mountains.  

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