Concern for endangered species is on the rise.
Why is it important to protect species?
Healthy ecosystems depend on plant and animal species as their foundations. If a species is endangered that indicates that an ecosystem is slowly falling apart. Humans NEED healthy ecosystems, we depend on them for purity of the environment. Without healthy ecosystems we won’t have access to clean, air, and water. If we don’t work to protect endangered species, it will pose a threat to humans. Plants and other natural products is what most medicine is derived from. We need to protect plants at all costs so that we can continue to use have access to medicine. There are plenty of plants that we are not aware of. Millions of people die each year from unknown illnesses with no cure, possibly plants we have not discovered can lead us to a cure.
1. Amur Leopard
They are particularly vulnerable to extinction because Amur leopards have the lowest levels of genetic variation of any leopard subspecies.
Detrimental human activity, such as poaching, civil war, and habitat destruction is the cause of the Mountain Gorilla becoming an endangered species.
3. Sea Turtles
Slaughtered for their eggs, meat, skin and shells, sea turtles suffer from poaching and over-exploitation.
The destruction and degradation of the in Borneo and Sumatra is the main reason orangutans are threatened with extinction.
5. Sumatran Elephant
Deforestation and habitat lost is the main reason the Sumatran Elephant is endangered.
Commercial poaching is the cause of the Saola being endangered.
Vaquita are often caught and drowned in gillnets used by illegal fishing operations in marine protected areas within Mexico’s Gulf of California.
The main threats to the survival of Siberian tigers are poaching and habitat loss because of logging and development.
Rhinos are endangered because of the rising demand of Rhino horn.
Pangolin are endangered because of demand for their scales and meat.
ENDANGERED SPECIES STATISTICS
Animal Species Extinction Statistics Number of Species
Number of Animal species that have gone extinct 801
Number of Animals that are extinct in the wild 64
Number of Animals that are critically endangered 3,879
Number of Animals that are endangered 5,689
Number of Animals that are vulnerable 10,002
Number of Animals that are near threatened 4,389
Number of Animals that are least concern 27,124