Most Endangered Animals

Highlighting the endangered species

   Mar 19

Animals In Danger of Extinction

Endangered animals are species that are under the threat of extinction. When an animal or species is termed endangered, they are either disappearing fast from the face of the planet or are very sparsely populated, not good enough for survival of the animal community in the long run. The IUCN has a list of endangered species, which is called the Red List. The list serves as a guide and determines the level of danger an animal community is under. The following are some of the animals part of the endangered species list:

Greater Horseshoe Bat

The Greater Horsehoe Bat is an animal species with a decreasing population trend. Britain has a total of 18 bat species, all of which are endangered; the greater horseshoe bat being very close to the danger zone. Destruction of appropriate rooting sites, like hollow trees and old buildings, is one of the reasons for the bat’s decline. Changing use of land from small fields and woodland to large-scale farming has had its share of impact as well. Use of insecticides on plants has also aggravated the decreasing population of the bats, as the chemical spray kills the insects on the plants that serve as a major source of food for the bats.

A Loggerhead TurtleLoggerhead Turtle

The Loggerhead Turtle dwells in the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean. A few decades ago, the major reason for the turtle’s declining population was the market value for its meat and shell. Now, the turtle has to live with people who disturb the sandy beaches. These beaches are used by the turtle for laying its eggs. In countries like Turkey, hotels and restaurants are build in close proximity to the turtle’s breeding locations. Out in the sea, these animals get trapped in fishing nets at times, thereby getting drowned. The newest or the most recent threat to these turtles is the increasing temperatures of the sand that plays a role in determining the gender of the animal. Sands with warmer temperatures lead to increased female population.

Siberian Tiger

The Siberian Tiger is the largest, in sheer size, of all the tigers on the planet. Though the animal is highly endangered, especially when there were just 20 Siberian Tigers left, the population trend is getting stabilized considerably. As per the IUCN, there are close to 360 Siberian Tigers in Russia as of the 21st century. Loss of habitat and hunting are few of the major reasons why the tiger is getting reduced in numbers.

a White Tailed Eagle with a catchThe White Tailed Eagle

The White Tailed Eagle could be found in huge numbers across the globe, before humans started to pollute its wetland habits with insecticides and other chemical sprays. The population of the bird in the Middle East is the least of them all. The bird flies across distances and several geographical locations in search of its food, fish. However, feeding on poisoned fish has lead to the bird laying thin-shelled or infertile eggs that could be easily broken apart. The nesting places, on the other hand, have also been destroyed by modern forestry techniques. Though the bird was completely extinct in Britain during the 1900s, it still exists in Scotland after it was reintroduced in the year, 1975.

Mandarin Duck

The Mandarin Duck might be spotted in lakes and ponds of Britain; however, the bird originally belongs to or is a native of Eastern Asia countries, such as China, Japan, and Korea. The bird is generally found in water bodies closer to the woods. Scarcity of water in such places has lead to the steady decline of mandarin ducks.

Mountain Gorilla

Zaire, Uganda, and Rwanda are the only places in the world that can be called home for a mountain gorilla. The animal’s survival depends heavily on dense forests, and the consistent cutting down of trees to make way for agricultural lands has pushed the animal to the verge of extinction. Though there are several laws in place to protect the gorilla, the condition is still quite precarious for rainforest animals like the gorilla, one of the most popular African animals.

Two Jackass PenguinJackass Penguin

The Jackass Penguin is the sole African penguin. It was one of the very common sea-birds of Africa, with South Africa and Namibia replete with the bird. The bird’s survival is primarily dependent on sea creatures. However, the constant fishing around the area has led to a scarcity of appropriate food for the bird.

Pandas, Black-footed Ferret, Californian Condor, Spectacled Bear, etc. are some of the other wildlife or wild animals in danger that feature in the list of extinct animals or endagered animals.


   Mar 23

Endangered Fish

There have been thousands of marine species that have become extinct. Currently there are thousands of fish that are endangered and in dire need of protection protocols.

Arcadian Redfish: The Arcadian Redfish are found in warm waters, such as the Atlantic and Indian Ocean. These fish can live to be 50 years old and are considered to be relatively harmless. The Arcadian Redfish is endangered and the reasons why are overfishing, ‘fish pirating’, and trawling. These fish started to decrease in population in the early 1900s because of their increased popularity in the food industry. After their introduction to the food industry, the Arcadian Redfish population has been decreasing ever since.

endangered fishBluefin Tuna: The Bluefin tuna is one animal that is high on the endangered species list. This fish has been named one of the wonders of the ocean. The reason that they are considered to be one of the marvels of the deep-sea is because of their potential length and weight; they can grow to be 12 feet long and weigh over 1,500 pounds! Why are these fish disappearing at alarming rates? Well, they are at risk of extinction because they are being captured for their fins and for food. Over 75% of the Bluefin tuna is consumed in Japan and used to make a popular sushi. The Bluefin tuna is not sustainable seafood and because they are hunted so frequently, they are not able to reproduce fast enough to replenish their population.

Europeean Eel: The Europeean Eel is found in the Baltic and the Mediterranean Sea and they have a unique metamorphosis process. According to IUCNRedList.org, the Europeean Eel is one of the many threatened species that are not only endangered, but critically endangered. Their metamorphosis happens over a long time period and they are not able to reproduce as quickly to keep up with their rate of elimination. The Europeean Eel is endangered and disappearing because of overfishing and parasitic disease.

Goliath Grouper: There are two kinds of Goliath Grouper, the Atlantic and the Pacific Goliath Grouper. Out of the two the Atlantic Goliath Grouper is endangered. According to the Schmidt Ocean Institute, the Atlantic Goliath Grouper use to be abundant in the tropical and subtropical oceans but are now declining in numbers because of overfishing and hunting.

Whale SharkWhale Sharks: The Whale shark is one of many endangered sharks out there. According to one source, sharks are revered as our last ‘living’ dinosaurs. They are known as the seas largest fish with the potential to grow over 60 feet long and weigh over 70,000 pounds. The Whale Shark also has the potential to live to be over 100 years old, but by being endangered, many marine experts wonder if some whale sharks will ever make it to be even half that age.

Although various petitions and treaties have been created, and signed, to help save the lives of endangered ocean life it is up to each individual to do their part to aid in saving marine animals in danger.


   Mar 19

Endangered Animals in India

India is home to a wide variety of unique animal, bird, and fish species. According to a report published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the country boasts of 6.5% of the world’s wildlife species. This includes 12.6% of all bird species and 7.6% of all mammals. However, illicit trade in wildlife products means some animals are close to extinction. Another report published by the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) shows that poaching, unauthorized logging of trees, and uncontrolled exploitation of natural resources are some of the factors that have contributed to the rise of endangered species in India. Some of the animals in danger of extinction include:

Indian Elephant

Indian Elephant

Indian Elephant

Unlike the African elephant, the Indian elephant is of average height of between seven and 12 feet. It can weigh anywhere from 3,600 kg to 5,000 kg with the skin color varying from grey to brown. You can find this elephant in wild and forested areas such as Bandipur, Manas, Madumalai, Corbett, Palamu, Nagarhole, and Periyar. These gentle giants mostly feed on grass, roots, twigs, forest fruits, leaves, and even cultivated crops. In a single day, an Indian elephant can easily clear 300 pounds of food. Currently, there are about 38,000 to 51,000 elephants in the subcontinent.

Bengal Tiger

According to the Web Journal of Endangered Species of India, tigers once roamed all over the Asia. However, human population growth over the last 100 yearsThe Bengal Tiger has reduced the tiger’s natural habitat by up to 93%. Some of the areas where you can find tigers include Corbett national Park in northern India and Madhya Pradesh in central India.To stop further decline in Bengal tiger numbers, the Indian government launched Project Tiger in 1973.

Indian Rhino

Indian rhinos also form part of endangered animals. These animals range in height from 1.6 m to 1.8 m tall and weigh anywhere from 1,600 kg to 2,200 kg. Unlike other animals, they do not have hair on their body and the average lifespan is about 47 years. You can find these rhinos in the Himalayan hills and northeastern parts of India.

Indian Lion

Just like their African counterparts, Indian lions are carnivorous and feed on wild pigs, Chital, Sambar, and Nigal. An adult lion weighs about 200 kg to 250 kg and stands 2.5 to 2.9 feet tall. You can find Indian lions on the open grasslands and areas with deciduous forests such as Sasan Gir National Park in Gujarat.

Gaur

Gaurs closely resemble bison and buffaloes and weigh about 700 to 1,500 kg with males significantly larger than females. You can find this endemic species in forested areas such as Assam, West Bengal, and Karnataka. They prefer to feed on grass, leaves, herbs, bamboo, and green plants.

Lion Tailed Macaque

Lion Tailed Macaque

Lion Tailed Macaque

Figures published by the Web Journal on Endangered Species of India show there are less than 2,500 adult Lion Tailed Macaque’s in India. Illegal poaching and destruction of the Macaque’s natural habitat are some of the factors that have contributed to a sharp decline in numbers. Some of the areas where you can find these animals include Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, and some parts of southwestern India.

Tibetan Antelope

Commonly known as the “Chiru”, these animals, which are in danger of extinction, have very soft furs. Figures from UNODC show that shawls made from this fur can fetch up to $16,000. This has fueled illegal poaching leading to the slaughter of more than 20,000 Tibetan Antelopes every year. Although a ban is in place, illegal hunting is still taking place.

It is very important to save the animals that are close to extinction in India such as the Bengal tiger, Indian elephant, Tibetan antelope, Indian rhino, and Indian lion. The government of India has set up a Special Tiger Protection Force as well as an antipoaching act to deter illegal wildlife hunters. You too can play a part by supporting campaigns against illegal poaching such as Tiger Watch.


   Mar 18

Endangered Monkeys

What are endangered animals or endangered species? These are defined as threatened animals that are on the verge of vanishing from the face of the earth or are declining at a rapid rate. These rare animals exist in tiny numbers and can be lost forever in case we humans do not take prompt action for the purpose of putting a halt to their decline. It is important to cherish wildlife and save the animals because they help maintain the balance of the environment, without which the human race wouldn’t be able to survive for long.

Amongst the list of endangered animals, the common ones are monkeys and elephants. There are about two hundred and sixty four species of monkeys existing in the world but a lot of these species are endangered because of several reasons like excessive hunting, illegal logging or destruction of their natural habitats and so on. Many species of primates are fast declining in population because they are hunted for their body parts, which are then used for the purpose of making traditional medicines.

An orphaned black faced spider monkey.

An orphaned black faced spider monkey.

One of the top endangered species of monkeys is the Black spider monkey. These reside in Brazil, in the tropical rainforests. The reason why they are endangered is because of humans and their activities such as deforestation and logging, which causes destruction of the monkey’s natural habitat. Because of the fact that their habitats are destroyed, they tried relocating to another habitat and surviving there but failed miserably. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the population of these monkeys has declined by thirty five percent more during the last five decades.

In order to protect the habitats of black spider monkeys, WWF (World Wildlife Fund) is working on raising funds and protecting these forests in order to provide these helpless monkeys with a home. WWF is promoting responsible forest management and also protecting them in order to help the monkeys survive and multiply. The general public can take action by providing donation to these associations that help in preserving the endangered animals.

Another rapidly declining species of monkey would be the Dryas monkeys. Also known as the Salonga monkey, these species of monkeys are found in the Congo basin and are classified as critically endangered because there are very few of these left in the world. At present, they are found only in the Kokolopori Reserve of Congo. These monkeys mostly feed on flowers, fruits and leaves and at times they feast on invertebrates. Some of the reasons why the Dryas monkeys are rapidly declining is because of poaching (for their meat), habitat loss (due to logging) and what’s worse is that a lot of people are ignorant about this endangered species of monkeys.

Squirrel monkeys are slender monkeys that have a short but dense coat which is grey in color. These monkeys have white face while their legs, ears, throat and back are yellow or greenish-grey in color. They can be found in the northern part of Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia and Peru and are considered to be endangered species. These are critically endangered as well and it is said that there are probably less than two thousand of these animals in the wild. The Costan Rican Ministry for the Interior and the National Zoo is in a constant effort to preserve these animals by raising money to protect them and their natural habitat.

What needs to be done about these endangered animals or monkeys is that more awareness should be spread so that everyone can join hands in promoting and protecting them. The government should also support the proposals that would increase the funding for endangered species. Ordinary people can come together to contribute and support various groups that engages in supporting and preserving endangered animals like elephants, primates and other rare animals.


   Mar 17

Endangered Snakes

All species in the ecosystem play a special role. They balance the food chain which is important in maintaining invertebrate and non-invertebrate populations. For instance, reptiles play as predators in the ecosystem and they also serve as prey for some species. These past few years, there has been a rapid decline on the number of preys and predators making the bionetwork imbalanced. As snakes and other reptiles are now being hunted by people for different purposes, even dangerous animals have now become extinct. This degeneration has caused a lot of negative impact on the environment which is why support groups are now into wildlife conservation. There are ways that people can do to save the animals. Even rare animals can be saved if people know things about endangered species and how their population can be preserved.

What Are Endangered Species?

Endangered species are also called rare animals. They are animal species that have come to extinction. It is important to protect these animals because just like other living things, these animals help protect the world from deteriorating. Nowadays, snakes, reptiles and other endangered animals have become black market items because of their value. Some people buy them because of beliefs such as great luck, medicinal benefits, strength and other things which are not backed up by reliable scientific studies. Some people buy them to brag their status quo resulting to more environmental imbalance problems. Most of these animals are caught through inhumane ways and are sold for large amounts of money. They are usually smuggled since they are not allowed in main airports and other legit carriers.

Killing Snake Species

Endangered SnakesSince the ancient times, many people believe that reptiles can give them strength and cure them from different illnesses. Some people kill snakes in order to get these benefits yet there are no guaranteed studies about them. They are mostly traditions and superstitions passed from one generation to another. As time goes by, the number of snakes continuously plummet which is also impacting the society in many ways. Some of the snakes that have become extinct are the Argentinean Boa Constrictor which can be mostly found in Argentina and Uruguay, the famous King Cobra which used to be very common in the Philippines and India and the Mexican Ridge-Nosed Rattle Snake which is commonly found in New Mexico and the United States. People cook them like regular meat, get their skin, get their blood and do other things just to satisfy their beliefs about snakes.

What Needs to Be Done

There are many support groups trying to save reptiles and other rare animals. These people are those who value life today and think about their future and their children’s tomorrow. On the other hand, their efforts are not enough to combat the whole problem in an instant. Support groups are there to educate and do what they can in terms of maintaining ecology balance through preserving reptiles. They conduct seminars to make people aware of things such as the importance of snakes and other reptiles.

Preserving endangered species is not limited to support groups but also ordinary people. By knowing the importance of these species, they can stop their habits which are harmful to the environment. They can inform their families and pass the information to the next generation which can change their traditions and beliefs.

It may take a long time to combat the issue about snakes and other endangered animals but if people act today, there is a big possibility to save the dying ecosystem. In a few years, the number animals can increase as they can be reproduced scientifically and they can also reproduce by themselves if people stop catching them.


   Mar 16

Save the Animals

Habitat for wildlife is under threat across the world. Endangered animals from Asia to Africa, from Europe to South America, the Arctic to the Antarctic are increasingly finding their very survival hanging by a thread. If we want to save the earth, in all its wonderful diversity and richness, then it is vital that we take collective and international action now.

Thankfully, many people are fighting back on behalf of endangered species. The World Wildlife Fund is among many organisations which are looking to preserve environments and habitats for increasingly rare species. This wildlife conservation society works across the world, and in a variety of different environments.

The Amur Leopard

The Amur Leopard

One of the most challenged rare species is the Amur Leopard, with only 35 or so individuals estimated to be left in existence in the wild. This beautiful animal, distinguished from other species of leopard by the widely spaced rosettes with thick borders on its coat, is considered the world’s rarest big cat. It is found in the Russian Far East, with some individuals in China and perhaps North Korea.

Work is being carried out by conservation organisations in the Amur-Heilong region, which lies on the border between Russia and China. The temperate forest of the area is a precious resource on its own, well worth saving, but it is also essential to the continued existence of the Amur leopard. Conservation workers engage with local communities to help keep areas of forest untouched by logging and other commercial activities.

Orangutans are one of the great apes, of which only two distinct species survive. One population, on the island of Borneo, number 55,000, while the other, on Sumatra, consists of around 7,500 individuals. Those numbers may seem large, but when compared to an estimated total population of around 230,000 just over a century ago, the kind of pressure this primate is under becomes clearer.

Orangutan mother and baby

Orangutan mother and baby

The home environment of the orangutan is the rainforest. These orange coloured creatures spend much of their time in treetops. Long arms, wider than their bodies are tall and often stretching for over two metres across, enable them to swing in the trees. They can also eat while hanging from branches. Protection of their forest environment is crucial to their continued survival in the wild. Poaching is a problem, as well as illegal logging. Conservation organisations work to establish protected areas of forest, linking together these protected areas wherever possible. They also work to try and restore areas of degraded forest back to their former glory. International anti-trafficking organisations work to prevent animals being captured as pets, or killed for meat. Many orangutans are still sadly found being sold in markets each year in Java and elsewhere in Asia.

Often, the needs of local populations of people can seem at odds with the needs of local animals, especially when it comes to habitat. Much of the wealth of developing countries comes from their rich natural resources. Business development can often create opportunities for wealth which ruin natural habitat irretrievably. Thankfully, many global conservation organisations are working alongside both governments and local business interests across the world. They work to try and ensure that resources are used sustainably, in the long term interests of both people and rare animals.

Hopefully, with care and thought, enough of the natural world can be saved. This great animal planet of ours has so much diversity. We do not want to see more magnificent animals like the Amur Leopard go the way of recently extinct animals such as the Thylacine or the Quagga. Thankfully, many committed people are working to make sure that both the habitat for animals, and the needs of the local people, are being protected.


   Mar 15

Endangered Dolphins

A Poster with playful Dolphins.

A Poster with playful Dolphins.

In the first week of March 2013, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora came to an agreement about new species that needed to be added to the database of endangered and critically endangered animals. This list, already thirty thousand species long, now contains several species of dolphins that a few decades ago flourished in the wild. The reasons that dolphins are becoming very close to extinct animals are many — though nearly all the factors come back to human activity — because these close cousins to whales live in many different environments across the earth, including both fresh and salt water.

To Catch A Fish

Human activity is responsible for both endangered fish and the endangered sea mammals who rely on a specific source of food. By far the largest threat that faces ocean wildlife, including all predatory large mammals like dolphins and whales, is the overfishing of the seas. Nylon fishing nets that are used to pry huge quantities of cod, tuna, mackerel, salmon, and crabs from out of the sea and off the ocean floor cause dolphins to become entangled, where they cannot escape and drown. Despite efforts by wildlife conservation practices to create nets that allow dolphins to escape while fish remain in place, the populations of these cetaceans have been decimated. Species like the New Zealand Maui’s dolphins have less than one hundred individuals to their name. Other species that are not rare animals, such as the bottlenose dolphin, are declining annually at rates of about six percent per year.

In Rivers And Seas

When people think about dolphins, they may not often think that direct human interaction can be a problem, since the open oceans are wide enough for any dolphin to live happily. Some endangered dolphins, however, live much closer to human populations than you would think. The blind Indus river dolphin, for instance, only lives in the large Indus river that flows through Pakistan. This river is relied upon by the country to supply everything from drinking water to power to waste disposal, meaning that the habitat of river dolphins is drained or dammed or saturated with toxic chemicals. Since the Indus dolphin is an endemic species — it is found only in this river, nowhere else on Earth — it cannot survive in other rivers due to food options and water pH. Likewise, the Hector’s dolphins that are native to Australia live only in select areas of the Pacific ocean coast, areas that are prone to boat strikes, fishing, and underwater mining.

Efforts To Save The Species

On an individual level, the best way to save the animals like dolphins that are threatened by fishing is to consume fewer commercially-fished products. This includes everything from the fish filets that you would purchase at a grocery store to the meals that you eat at a seafood restaurant. Since tuna fishing in particular is extremely hazardous to dolphin populations, minimizing or eliminating your intake of tuna (whether it is in tins or in sushi) is the best method of ensuring the health of a species. For any person who lives in a coastal area where dolphins live, migrate, feed, or breed, they can help by refraining from sailing high-speed motor boats through shallow ocean areas where dolphins are likely to get hit. Organizations like the World Wildlife Fund or the Nature Conservancy attempt to keep the endangered species of the planet alive and in a pristine environment, so donations or volunteer work can assist in the long-term survival of not only dolphins but also many other critically endangered species around the world.


   Mar 14

Endangered Animals

There are many animals in danger of extinction – some more critically than others. Organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund are trying desperately through their work and leadership to find a way to save the animals on their endangered species list and teach governments how to tackle threats imposed on their wildlife.

panda

Recently, Hollywood has lent a hand in getting the message across. Leonardo DiCaprio has launched a campaign with the World Wildlife Fund against the poaching of elephants, tigers and rhinos. His Hands Off My Parts campaign is trying to change the law in many countries, particularly in Thailand, to make ivory trade illegal. Some governments are responding positively to the campaign, but other governments need more time to come around.

It is not enough to turn a blind eye to the dangers encountered by these rare animals in the rainforest or the jungle. Governments should invest more on research and development in conservation. Finding the causes and threats to these endangered species is key to creating a solution to help them survive.

Animals on the endangered list include rhinos, tigers, whales and marine turtles. Some experts estimate that there are 25,000 endangered species today, although many scientists believe there are many more that haven’t been discovered.

The monarch butterfly is one of the species on that list. Their numbers have dwindled due to climate change and the use of herbicides on their feeding grounds. Conservationists are

The Monarch Butterfly

The Monarch Butterfly

trying to help increase the monarch butterfly population by creating tree nurseries and mushroom production modules. These will hopefully help with their reproduction.

It is important to educate communities that neighbor the habitats of wild animals around the world. These communities often involve an indigenous population that has tremendous knowledge of the wildlife that surrounds them. Governments should work with these communities to tap into their expertise and share best practices.

The majority of extinct animals were threatened by environmental change and its global impact. Environmentalists can play an important role in animal conservation by declaring early warning signs of environmental impact and damage.

Often natural disaster plays a factor in the endangerment of animals. Creating a safe zone for these critically endangered animals would help their survival. Many countries in Africa have funded conservation parks. This is where influencing public policy is important.

A Polar Bear Mum with Cubs

A Polar Bear Mum with Cubs

For instance, many environmentalists have protested against the idea of arctic drilling not only because of its environmental impact, but because of the threat it will pose to the species existing within the area in question. Polar bears are marine mammals that live on the ice of the Arctic Ocean. Polar bears are listed as a threatened species in the US under the Endangered Species Act.

Knowledge and education about the extinction of animals and the threats posed on them is important. Spreading the word to outlets which wouldn’t normally learn or understand the importance of an animal planet is a key element to cooperation and finding a solution for survival.

There are many ways that governments are funding programs to help their wildlife. Countries with high tourism revenue have applied some of that revenue to preserving ecologically sensitive areas, such as the Galapagos Islands.

How to help save endangered species
Make a donation to the Wildlife Conservation Society or the World Wildlife Fund to help their work and find out about their programs.

Many people feel the need to go on a vacation with the purpose to help the environment and its vulnerable inhabitants. There are many hotels throughout the world that help with conservation projects. In Mexico and in Thailand, there are hotels that work with sea turtle conservation societies and have programs to clear their beaches of debris, so that the sea turtles have a place to lay their eggs. There are even vacations centered solely on the sea turtle conservation projects.

It is important to keep the future secure for these wild animals and steer them away from the edge of extinction.


   Mar 13

Animals in Danger

There are already many different kinds of animals that are now extinct animals, and many more which will soon fall into that category, as there are large numbers of wild animals which are on the endangered species list. The issue of these animals in danger of extinction is very serious.

There are various known causes of endangerment with rainforest animals and other wildlife species, but more than anything it is humans who are to blame. Animals require certain habitats and environments to live and interact with each other, and when this is taken away, they suffer. At first the effects may be only be subtle, but over time can become drastic. Nearly every part of the world has been affected in some way by human activity, and we often only react to this harm we’re causing after it is too late.

The introduction of exotic species is a main cause of extinction for many animals. Animals tend to be well adapted to their local environment and that is where they need to be, but when a new species is introduced, they may leave that area to relocate elsewhere. Exotic species are considered to be interlopers, and whether they are introduced to that area by way of humans intentionally or accidentally, the results are still negative, in most cases. Even in the animals who originally lived there do stay, there is now more competition for food and result in putting animals on the endangered species list.

Pandas are one type of animal that are on the top of the endangered species list. Pandas only recently become an endangered species, as they are very rare today and are even protected by law in China. Most pandas left today are kept in zoos, but scientists are working hard to study the species and hopefully learn how to save the wild pandas before they go extinct.

These endagered animals can be put at risk of extinction as a result of disease, pollution and limited distribution. There are many different factors, but human activity always tops the list as the main cause of putting species at risk of extinction. People need to make a change now and not wait any longer. Otherwise, more animal species are going to become endangered and potentially become extinct. There are various different endangered species organizations and groups you can get started with, through which you can learn more information on the different endangered species and what you can do to make a difference. There are so many different ways people can help endangered species, and it’s all a matter of putting the time and consideration into it. Once you realize how important it is to protect all animals, and prevent them from becoming endangered, you take it more seriously and understand what you should and shouldn’t do.

The topic of endangered animals is one of great importance. People have to take this seriously and understand how dangerous it is not just for the animals themselves, but also what the risk endangerd animals pose to us as humans. Protect animals habitats in national parks, reserves and wilderness areas. Talk to your children and help them understand how important it is to treat animals properly and take care of the Earth. Recycling is always important, especially in the case of endangered animals. By taking public transportation instead of driving a car, turning off lights when you’re not in a room, even shopping for organic fruits and vegetables, all of these seemingly simple steps can make a huge difference in the lives of animals. Do everything you can to make a difference and hopefully prevent more animal species from becoming endangered.


   Mar 12

What does Endangered mean

Endangered animals are basically those animals whose population is reducing at an alarming rate. This drastic reduction in numbers can be attributed to a number of things and it is therefore prudent to carefully learn about some of the possible causes of extinction. Below are just a couple of reasons that may result into wildlife extinction.

Possible Causes of Extinction

One of the reasons why animals can be considered an endangered species is lack of food. Animals must eat well in order to reproduce and continue thriving. However, there are many instances when food becomes scarce and thus many of these animals may starve to death. Environmental degradation is a major factor when it comes to food scarcity for certain animals.

The second thing that may put animals in danger of extinction is the existence of too many predators. If for example a certain specie of animals is eaten by several others, there are very high chances that the animals being preyed upon will drastically reduce in numbers.

The outbreak of deadly diseases can also contribute a lot to the reduction of animal numbers. While there are natural occurrences that ensure animals remain relatively healthy, it is important to acknowledge the fact that from time to time deadly diseases arise and this leads to the death of a lot of animals.

The next point to note when it comes to extinction is the fact that some animals are not able to reproduce quickly. Certain animals take very long periods of time before giving birth and when they do give birth, their offspring are either too few or very vulnerable and thus they end up dying at a very tender age.

Another possible cause of animal extinction is bad weather and poor quality of the habitat in which the animals live. Indeed there are certain cases when human beings are largely responsible for the destruction of animal habitats and this can easily lead to endangerment of animals.

Examples of Endangered Fish and Other Animals

1. Western Lowland Gorillas; These animals are basically running out due to diseases and illegal hunting by the indigenous people of the region in which they exist.

Male Lowland Gorilla

Male Lowland Gorilla

2. Northern Right Whales; these endangered animals are about 350 in number today. Their survival is at a high risk because of the hunting that normally takes place in the Atlantic.

3. Siberian Tigers; these are the world’s largest cats and can be found in the Siberian forests.

4. Chinese Giant Salamander; this is a delicacy for a huge number of people and that is the main cause of endangerment for the giant salamander.

Examples of Recently Extinct Animals

The extinct Quagga

The extinct Quagga

1. The Quagga; this animal resembled a Zebra except its stripes were not so consistent. It had a brownish back with stripes appearing only on the front part of the body

2. The Golden Toad; this was also another animal that resembled normal toads which can be found throughout the world today. The only difference is that it had a strikingly beautiful orange color which made it stand out.

3. The Javan Tigers; these were subspecies of Tigers and were only found in the Indonesian Islands of Java.
The above mentioned are just a few of the things you should know about rare animals and why they may need deliberate measures for protection by human beings.