Beauty is in The Eye of The Beholder
Beauty is in The Eye of The Beholder

Beauty is in The Eye of The Beholder

We can’t all be pandas! Most of the worlds donations to animal conservation charities goes to the most commonly known, and widely loved species. However, there are plenty of other species who also deserve our help. For example, the Saiga Antelope, the Red-faced Bald-headed Uakari, or the Purple Pig-nosed Frog.


The Saiga Antelope is hunted for its unusual horns (US$150) which are used in Chinese medicines, photographed for its bizarre nose, and killed during their mating practices which are so exhausting that the male often passes away. As it stands there are 100 females to 1 male. Conservation efforts are taking place in Mongolia to try and reduce the impacts of hunting, reproduction, and climate change on the cold-climate mammals.

The Red-faced Bald-headed Uakari was described by the Daily Mail as resembling that of a “spanked bottom” which makes you giggle until you find out there are only a handful left in the Amazon River Basin. I think they are uniquely handsome. However, the species is decreasing as a result of deforestation and malaria. Consequently, research and support into eradicating malaria and/or deforestation would help save these endangered monkeys and their habitat.

Lastly but not leastly, the Purple Pig-nosed Frog is a bulbous creature with purple skin, blue ringed eyes, and a pig nose. It mostly lives underground until it comes up to mate during the monsoon season, and leaves its tadpoles clinging to the inside of a waterfall. The species is on the Red List for Endangered Species because its habitat in Southern India is disturbed by coffee plantations and expanding cultivations.

What can you do:

Take a moment to research the Red List of Endangered Species and see how many species you’ve never heard of, understand why they need you help, and find a place in your heart to give even if the species resembles a ‘spanked bottom’.