Endangered Species

Topics: Endangered species, IUCN Red List, Extinction Pages: 3 (950 words) Published: March 22, 2013
Inkera Washington
Mrs. Linn
English IIII
January 14th, 2013
How Species Are Becoming Endangered
There are so many reasons and factors that are causing all kinds of species to become endangered. Some are natural causes but others are caused by mankind. Species have been coming endangered or sometimes extinct since the beginning of time. Mankind wasn't such a huge factor until we started to develop more and more as time continued to go on. Almost 99% of threatened species are at risk of being extinct because of human activities alone.

You are probably wondering what an endangered species is. An endangered species is any type of plant or animal whose population has decreased so much to where they are almost extinct caused by either natural or human causes. Designation endangered to a species means that there is still time to save them because once they are extinct they are gone forever.

There are many causes that are making species endangered. Some causes are natural climate change, catastrophes, diseases, humanity and competition between species. Some human activities that are impacting the rate of endangerment are hunting of species before they can repopulate, deforestation, pollution, etc. International efforts are in place so they can try to preserve as many species as they can due to human activities that have made the endangerment rate increase drastically. Altogether there is 44,838 species in the wild. Out of that number there are 16,928 endangered animals like white tigers, giant pandas, cougars, jaguars, golden frogs, bald eagles, African elephants, etc. And there is 905 animal species extinct such as passenger pigeons, Arizona Jaguars, Banks Island wolves, Caribbean Monk seals, etc.

One and one-half acres of rainforest are lost every second with tragic consequences for both developing and industrial countries. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2007 they reported that 25 % of mammals, 12.5% of birds,...
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