An endangered species is an animal or plant that is at risk of dying out so there will be no more of a certain plant or animal.
Why is it important to protect endangered wildlife?
Plants, animals, mostly all living things are extremely important to our world. All living things such as animals and humans, mostly depend on other species. Plants help purify the air all living things breathe with more and more trees being cut down and being burned for agriculture uses the air is becoming more polluted. When one part of an ecosystem dies the rest of the ecosystem starts to slowly fall apart and because you need all parts of the ecosystem to thrive and survive.
How can we help protect endangered wildlife?
One factor humans fail at seeing the bigger picture. We are usually blind to the connectedness of everything that supports life, complicated and mutually beneficial, we tend to solely set out to be aware of it. The organic phenomenon, from the tiniest microorganisms to the most important creatures on earth, keeping us humans alive.
Some ways we can help protect animals is by not harassing wildlife like shooting, trapping, or even threatening. This can all lead to an extinction of an animal and if this keeps going on for years then there won’t be that many animals.
What are some animals that are at risk of extinction?
Some animals that are at risk of extinction are the Amur Leopard, Blue-throated Macaws, Sea Turtles, Pandas, and Gorillas. According to OneKindPlanet, “There are now 41,415 species on the IUCN Red List, and 16,306 of them are endangered species threatened with extinction.”. The Amur Leopard has been at risk of extinction since 1996 and less than 70 exist today. They mainly have been hunted for their fur and land for agriculture uses. According to OneKind Planet, “Two types of sea turtles are amongst the most endangered species in the world, Hawksbill Turtle and the Leatherback Turtle In the past 100 years, the Hawksbill Turtle has lost 90 percent of its population, 80 percent of which has been lost in the past 10 years. As of 1996, the IUCN classified it as a critically endangered species.” Sea turtles are mainly killed for their eggs, meat, skin, shells, and also from poaching (poaching is the act of illegal taking animals from the wildlife)and over-exploitation. According to OneKind Planet, “There are currently only 200-300 Cross River Gorillas left in the wild and 900 Mountain Gorillas.” Gorillas are endangered because of habitat destruction, war, hunting, and disease. According to IAATE, “Recent population and range estimates suggest that about 250–300 individuals remain in the wild.” Blue-throated Macaws are endangered for mainly people capturing wild macaws and selling them as pets. Those are only a few out of a million species that are endangered. The giant panda is another animal that is facing extinction. According to ‘animal fact guide,’ it states, “With only around 2060 pandas living in the wild, the giant panda is considered vulnerable to extinction by the IUCN. Due to the fact that pandas reproduce so infrequently, it is very difficult for their population to recover from such a low point.” The human population starts to grow in China but the panda’s population is decreasing since the humans take away the places the Panda’s live in. Those are only a few out of a million species that are endangered.