10 Species That Are the Last of Their Kind

Platypus

The platypus, native to eastern Australia, has a duckbill like a bird, hair like a mammal, and lays eggs like a reptile.

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Honey Badger

Honey badgers, or Mellivora capensis, are some of the scrappiest animals out there. Maybe, this is the reason the tiny animal has managed to survive as the last in its genus.

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Koala

Koalas are one of Australia’s most iconic species. The small marsupial’s scientific name is actually Phascolarctos cinereus, and it is closely related to kangaroos and wombats.

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Aardvark

Aardvarks are a highly specialized, if a little peculiar-looking, species actually closely related to elephants.

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Dugong

Dugongs are a marine mammal in the order Sirenia, which includes three species of manatees.

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Narwhal

The narwhal’s scientific name is Monodon monoceros, which means”one tooth, one horn.”

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Hirola

The hirola, a large antelope, is the last living member of the genus Beatragus. Despite this, the animal is critically endangered in the wild, with only about 500 left as of 2017.

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Plains-Wanderer

The only bird on our list and the sole surviving member of the genus Pedionomidae, the plains-wanderer is a quirky little bird.

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Maned Wolf

Chrysocyon brachyurus, or the maned wolf, is the largest canid in South America. Though its reddish color resembles a fox, this guy is neither wolf nor fox but is actually a distinct species.

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Black Caiman

The black caiman is the largest of the Alligatoridae and the last of its genus, Melanosuchus.

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