Schaapmans' Wildlife Spotting
Threatened species grouped by IUCN conservation statuses

Most animals live happily and their populations are healthy. Some, well by know a lot like the classical examples of rhinoceros and panda, are endangered. The more threatened a species, the higher the risk the creature soon will not populate the earth anymore. Animals go extinct. That's part of the natural history. Dinosaurs are extinct since millions of years ago. Well, actually dinosaurs are not extinct, birds still thrive, but that's a different subject. It's vital to take care of all wildlife and be aware that biodiversity around the globe is diminishing and if we do not act, a lot of species will become threatened, endangered and extinct. Conservation of biodiversity and animals starts with knowledge and awareness. That's why I've indicated the conservation status for each species.

By going to one of the sections below, you can get an overview of how theatened certain groups of animals are. By groups of photos of those animals. Usually, the more threatened an animal, the harder or rarer to encounter it in the wild. I was lucky enough to be able to photograph many rare animals. From Madagascar's lemurs and chameleons to the Mountain Gorilla and Black Rhinoceros. Black Rhinos are big and popular, so quite some people on safari are lucky enough to encounter them. On the other hand, there are also Least Concerned species that are not that interesting to the common traveller and photographer and ofter hard to find. Not surprisingly they are often nocturnal animals or small animals that hide in the thickets. Like the Striped Bush Squirrel I managed to photograph in Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania.