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Last Updated: Tuesday January 16 2007 12:08 GMT

World's weirdest animals at risk

The bactrian camel lives in the harsh environment of the Gobi desert

A campaign's been launched to protect some of the world's weirdest and most unusual animals because they're in danger of becoming extinct.

Animal experts have named some of the most vulnerable species which they say we really need to take better care of.

One of them is the bactrian camel. It has two humps, one more than you're probably used to seeing, but there are only 1,000 of them left in the wild.

One of the world's smallest mammals, the bumbleebat, is also under threat.

Weirdest animals
Pygmy hippo

Experts believe the tiny bat has evolved as a species over 43 million years, but now the places it likes to live in western Thailand and south east Burma are being threatened by forest burning.

An expert from the zoological society, which is behind the campaign, said: "It is a tragedy that many of these species are being ignored and are slipping silently towards extinction."

He said that if these animals disappear, there will be nothing similar left on the planet.

  • Pygmy hippopotamus
  • Attenborough's long-beaked echidna
  • Hispaniolan solebodon
  • Bactrian camel
  • Yangtze River dolphin
  • Slender loris
  • Hirola antelope
  • Golden-rumped elephant shrew
  • Bumblebee bat
  • Long-eared jerboa