While lions and sharks may seem terrifying to us, we humans are by far the most frightening creatures on this planet. Toxic pollution, hunting, land clearing, overfishing and climate change are just a few of the reasons as to why animal species across the globe are going extinct at an ever more alarming rate. Donating and volunteering in wildlife charities and voting for environmentally conscious political candidates are good ways to conserve the animals, but at this rate by 2100, it's estimated that more than half of the world's marine and land species will be extinct. We have compiled a list of places to go to if you are hoping to spot some incredible creatures which are on the verge of disappearing forever.
Asian Elephant - Way Kambas National Park, Indonesia
The high demand for elephants' tusks has led to ever increasing instances of poaching which have led to a steady decline in the numbers of these majestic animals. There are an estimated 50,000 Asian elephants left in the wild. Of the three sub species, the Sumatran elephant is classed as critically endangered having seen in its population of over 80 percent in the last 75 years. Arguably one of the best places in the world to see elephants in their natural habitat is at the Way Kambas National Park in Sumatra, the park covers 1,300 square kilometres and it's one of the oldest reserves in Indonesia.
Rhinos - The Kaziranga National Park, India
The Black Rhino has already been declared extinct and it seems that the white rhino may be next -there are only 3 left, all in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Nanyuk, Kenya. Due to poaching and the destruction of habitat, very few rhinos live outside of national parks and captivity. The Kaziranga National Park in the Assam region in the northwest of the country is home to two-thirds of the world's one-horned rhinoceroses. While touring the world heritage site, you'll likely also spot Asian Elephants, Swamp Deer and Asiatic Water Buffaloes.
Lemurs - Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar
Measuring approximately 64 to 72 cm long, the Indri lemur is the biggest of the lemur subspecies. They can leap up to 10m in the air and their distinctive call can be heard up to 3km away! The lemurs are endemic to Madagascar and are critically endangered due to hunting and habitat destruction. You can see them leaping through the trees in the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park which is a protected rainforest area in the east of the country. The area is also home to chameleons as well as other lemur subspecies.
Great White Shark - Gansbaai, South Africa
There are a number of reasons behind the rapid decrease in shark numbers from being hunted for their fins or simply as trophies to the threat of getting tangled up in fishing nets. On the coast of South Africa you can come face to face with one of the ocean's scariest inhabitants. From the safety of a cage you will be able to observe the notorious Great White Shark cruise past you as it eats the bait dropped from the boat above.. It's a must for any thrill seeker.
Lions - Masai Mara, Kenya
Lion populations in African countries have declined drastically over the last decades - approximately 43% since the 1990. The majestic beasts still roam the savannah in the Masai Mara along the Tanzanian-Kenyan borders. A safari to the wilderness will include not only lions, but also cheetahs, elephants, zebras and hippos, all of which are classed as being endangered or vulnerable. The best time to go is during the June to October dry season because this will give you the opportunity to witness the huge annual wildebeest migration, a spectacular natural event that should be on any adventurers bucket list.