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Last Updated: Tuesday January 16 2007 12:05 GMT

In pictures: Bid to protect weirdest animals

Slender loris

This baby slender loris is a naturally shy animal that lives in Sri Lanka. Their numbers are falling because the forests where they live are being destroyed for logging and development

Pygmy hippopotamus

Little has been done to protect the pygmy hippo and there are less than 3,000 of them left in the wild

Yangtze river dolphin - Picture by Stephen Leatherwood

The Yangtze river dolphin could already be extinct. Experts are anxiously trying to find some of the animals alive as a recent survey failed to find any

Bactarian camel

Bactarian camels can cope with a lack of food and water and even radiation from nuclear weapons tests, but they are losing the fight against hunters

Hirola antelope - Picture: Tim Wacher

The hirola is Africa's most threatened antelope. In the past 30 years, its numbers have plunged from 14,000 to just 600