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The Lacoste Logo Has Been Temporarily Replaced With Endangered Species

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Lacoste has made the decision to replace the iconic crocodile logo for a special limited-edition collection.

Instead of the well-known logo, polo shirts from the collection will have endangered animals on them—and the number of shirts made will correspond to how many of each species still exist in the wild.

The collection is designed to support a “Save the Species Program” put forth by the International Union For Conservation.

The Lacoste x Save Our Species effort includes:

1. The Burmese Roofed Turtle

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The future of the colorful freshwater turtle, which is native to Burma, isn’t looking so good. There are only about 40 left in the wild because of a demand for their eggs. Man is considered its top predator.

2. The Vaquita, which is also known as the Gulf of California porpoise

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The vaquita is a solitary mammal, and it enjoys swimming leisurely in shallow waters. On average, it weighs almost 50 kilograms. Lengthwise, it is about 1.5 meters. Because of shrimp gillnets—in which the creature often gets entangled—there are only about 30 of them remaining in the wild.

3. Javan Rhinos

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A quiet and also solitary animal, Javan Rhinos are quite rare, and they can currently only be found in Indonesia. The species is under the protection of what is known as the Rhino Protection Unit.

There are only 67 left in the wild because they have a low reproduction rate and because of poaching. Hunters want their horns.

4. The Northern Sportive Lemur

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The average northern sportive lemur weighs less than two pounds. Lengthwise, it measures only 50 centimeters. There are only about 50 left in the wild because of poaching as well as the destruction of the creature’s habitat. The critically-endangered species can be found in northern Madagascar’s dry forests.

5. The Kakapo

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The kakapo is a flightless and nocturnal parrot with green and brown plumage. The bird is native to New Zealand and can be as large as 60 centimeters.

There are only about 157 of them left in the wild.

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The bird is notable because the male of the species lets out a powerful “boom” call in order to attract the females of the species.

6. The Cao-vit Gibbon

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If you’ve never heard of the Cao-vit Gibbon, there’s a reason for that. It is actually one of the rarest creatures on the planet. They’re interesting because they manage to swing from branch to branch despite weighing between five and 10 kilograms—and they do so with great agility.

Sadly, there are only about 150 of the apes left in the wild. They can be found in a forest located at the border between Vietnam and China. Deforestation is destroying the ape’s habitat.

7. The Saola

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The herbivore, who leads a quiet and solitary life in the mountains and forests of Laos and Vietnam, is one of the few large mammals that is actually in critical danger in regard to its own extinction.

There are only about 250 left on the planet. The survival of the species is in question due to poaching in the area.

8. The California Condor

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Believed to be the largest flying bird in America, the California Condor has a wingspan that can be as large as three meters.

It has a bald head that is red-orange, and its body is covered by black feathers.

There are only 231 California Condors left in the wild. Their survival as a species is threatened by human-created garbage and also lead poisoning.

9. The Sumatran Tiger

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This particular subspecies of tiger is distinct from other tigers. It can weigh as much as 100 kilograms and be two meters long. It can be found in Indonesia.

There are 350 of the tigers left in the wild, and it may go extinct due to deforestation as well as poaching.

10. The Anegada Ground Iguana

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The Anegada Ground Iguana calls the Island of Anegada its home. It is an herbivore that can weigh as much as six kilograms.

Agriculture is the primary reason that there are only about 450 of them left on the planet. Certain animals, such as feral dogs, also eat them.

If you’re interested in learning more about the species discussed in this article, visit http://www.saveourspecies.org/

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Written by Kevin Barrett

Kevin Barrett is an award-winning reporter currently residing in one of the many suburbs of Philadelphia. In addition to working in journalism, he was worked in higher education and logistics. He is single, but does have a distracting little dog who keeps him from achieving maximum productivity.

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