It seems Lacoste are making a bit of a statement on the fashion front, with the launch of some very quirky new polo designs. The French designers have opted to replace their iconic crocodile logo with endangered species, to help raise awareness that the dangers faced by these animals.
Here are some of the animals that feature.
The Burmese Roofed Turtle
This freshwater turtle carries some quite frankly amazing colours, however the future of the Burma based creature looks fairly grim. It seems that man himself is the biggest threat to the turtle, as collecting eggs for consumption, having the ability to predict nesting sites as well as periods of reproduction, raise concerns for its continued survival.
The Javan Rhino
This rhino is a very isolated, quiet and extremely rare creature. They are located in Indonesia, and is actually now under the protection of the Rhino Protection Unit. It is cared for in both plains and rain forest. The reason this incredible animal finds itself endangered, is because of their very low rate of reproduction, as well as being hunted incessantly for their horns.
The Northern Sportive Lemur
This little fella is one of the smaller members of the exclusive Lacoste club. The primate is just 50 centimetres tall, and weighs only 800 grams. Its natural habitat lies in the forests of Northern Madagascar. Despite it’s somewhat remote home, it still faces danger of extreme poaching. Combined with the destruction of its home for agriculture leaves a huge question mark over its future existence.
The California Condor
The California condor is an absolute beast, and is the largest bird to grace American skies. It has a bald head which carries a distinctive red/orange colour, whilst it’s huge torso is covered in black feathers. The reason this incredible animal finds itself in danger is due to lead poisoning, and pollution of his natural habitat by human garbage.
This exotic parrot is actually flightless, and nocturnal. It’s certainly bright on the human eye with a yellowy green colouring and a brown plumage. It can grow to be up to 60 centimetres! The male is notorious for producing a powerful “boom”, designed to attract female attention. It is well known for its low rate of reproduction however, which leaves this animal endangered.
This lonely sea mammal enjoys spending its time leisurely swimming in shallow waters. It’s no light creature however, weighing on average 48 kilos and measuring approximately 1.5 meters in length. There’s no hiding from the fact that this is a massively endangered species however, this is due to it being prone to becoming entangled in shrimping nets.
The Anegada Ground Iguana
This iguana calls the British Virgin Island of Anegada its home. It’s a herbivore with a natural habitat of tropical dry rain forests. This iguana is facing a rather bleak future, as cattle breeding and agriculture threaten its habitat. It also doesn’t help that cats and dogs like to prey on the creature either.
The Cao-vit Gibbon
This creature is one of the rarest apes in the world. Despite weighing between 5 and 10 kilos, this gibbon is able to swing between branches with brilliant agility. It can be located in forests on the Vietnam/Chinese border, where a threat of deforestation threatens its existence.
These rather shy herbivores opt for a more discreet existence, as they spend their days in the mountains and forests of Vietnam and Laos. Their future is under threat because of an increasing popularity of poaching in the area, which makes the creature one of the only large mammals who face a real possibility of extinction.
The Sumatran Tiger
This huge carnivore, which weighs an impressive 100 kilos, is based in Indonesia. It differs somewhat from other tigers, and is actually categorised as it’s own separate species in itself. Yet again poaching is threatening its existence, along with deforestation.