Endangered Species

Topics: Endangered species, IUCN Red List, Extinction Pages: 3 (1031 words) Published: October 9, 2011
David Byerly
Mrs. Taylor
English 1010 9a.m.
Explanation Essay
26 Sept. 2011
Endangered Species: Watching them Disappear
Earth has roughly 40 million species right now. Earth has held 10 times that many animals since its inception. Of that 40 million, 99 percent of the species on the planet have gone extinct (Acherman xii-xiii). With only a fraction of the species on the planet that have ever existed it is important to keep the ones that we have. Before a species is completely wiped out, it is called an Endangered Species. People have noticed over the years the animals disappearing but Endangered Species is a relatively new term. Endangered Species will never recover with the lack of classification, protection and destruction of habitat. Endangered Species is a group of animals that faces a high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future (Audesirk 616). Endangered Species are classified into seven different specific categories which are extinct, extinct in wild, critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable, near threatened and least concern. Extinct species are species that are no longer alive on the planet like Dinosaurs. Extinct in wild species only live in captivity like the Wyoming Toad that only survives in zoos and laboratories. The critically endangered species are those with extremely high risk of extinction in immediate future like the Sea Turtle.

Endangered species are classified as species with high risk extinction in the near future like the Blue Whale. Vulnerable species are those that have a high risk of extinction in medium term like the African Elephant. The near threatened species are species that may be threatened in near future like the Magellanic Penguin. The last category of endangered species is those of the least concern which are the species with no immediate threat to survival of species like the Bald Eagle. Scientist feel that the three in the middle (Critically Endangered, Endangered, and Vulnerable) are...
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