Guide to Endangered and Threatened Animals

Guide to Threatened and Endangered Animals

Our planet has been home to many different species of animals. Each one plays a big role in nature, but sadly several of them have either become extinct or face extinction. Some species have even gone extinct before ever being discovered. Various factors, including nature itself, can have a part in the extinction of a species. While little can be done about that, some of the major reasons most species have been considered threatened or endangered of going extinct are due to human interference, including hunting, pollution, and deforestation. With more and more species being lost at an increasingly rapid rate, humans must change their ways or we will continue to see some of the world's most beautiful and majestic creatures get wiped off the Earth and cause irreversible damage to our planets ecosystems.

What is an Endangered Species?

Species that are dangerously close to extinction are known as endangered and have landed on the endangered species list. These animals are so close to extinction that they require help and protection from various conservation groups, as well as care from wildlife veterinarians, in order to survive. Most of these animals have suffered years of traumatic changes to their habitats and have seen their numbers dwindle from being hunted by poachers. The rarer a species becomes the higher the price tag it fetches for poachers. Unfortunately, these high price tags attract more people to hunt these animals, even if it means killing off an entire species. Some of the species on the endangered list include Asian elephants, Bengal tigers, blue whales, giant pandas, orangutans, and many, many more.

What is a Threatened Species?

Threatened species are animals that are near becoming endangered. These animals don't receive as much protection or help as ones on the endangered list, but are still closely watched in case population numbers start to drop to where the species can be considered endangered. A species that is considered threatened still has a chance to survive without aid, as long as impacts being made by humans to their habitats are reduced or halted. African elephants, giant tortoises, great white sharks, polar bears, and red pandas are all considered threatened along with several other animals.

What's being done to help?

Conservation is the key to helping several animal species avoid becoming extinct. Through the work of different conservation groups and wildlife veterinarians, species that were once considered endangered, as well as their habitats, are on their way to recovery. Conservation can also happen outside of a species habitat. For example, a zoo or wildlife sanctuary can have wildlife veterinarians on staff to help care for sick animals and watch over breeding before returning them to their natural habitat. There are many different species these days that are bred in captivity to ensure they protected from poachers and damages done to their environments. Some other conservation actions include preserving habitats before they become damaged or restoring ones that have been degraded. Laws to protect some species have also been put in place to cut down on poaching and certain species even have guards protecting them. Bald eagles and Florida panthers are just a couple of examples of animals that have been making a recovery due to conservation work.

What can you do to help?

The responsibility of protecting endangered animals cannot fall on conservations groups alone; every human being should understand how important each living creature is to our planet, and there are many things people can do to help aid endangered animals. Using less energy can help protect the environment and recycling can be beneficial to habitats like rain forests and oceans. Choosing and buying sustainable products can also help cut down on the impact being made to the environment. Volunteering to participate in things like picking up litter or helping out at a beach cleanup event can aid in protecting the wildlife that live in those areas and preserve their habitats. Get friends and family involved can also be incredibly beneficial because it not only helps the environment even further, but also can strengthen relationships between people. Donations to aid conservation groups in their efforts can also go a long way. The donations help these groups acquire the tools they need to preserve or revive habitats, as well as pay for care from veterinarians. All of this can hopefully lead to more becoming interested in protecting and conserving the habitats of endangered species so that they may continue to thrive and make a full recovery.