Are we human the ones to blame for the extinction of the animals? Perhaps. Perhaps not. Many animals have become extinct since humans started hunting them for food or for sport. But we can still save the animals that are facing extinction. Here are the most endangered species in the world. In knowing these animals, we can raise our awareness on how we can contribute and save them from the brink of extinction.
List Of The Endangered Species In The World
Due to the ongoing rapid climate change, the polar bears are the first ones to suffer from it. This species is under the protection of the Endangered Species Act in the U.S. Polar bears are by now facing extinction because of the abrupt climate change, which destroys their natural habitat.
Another endangered species is the tiger. Studies suggest that about 3,200 tigers are left in the wild, and this figure is still diminishing because of hunters who hunt tigers for sport.
Leatherback turtles are the biggest living reptiles in the world. They are also the biggest marine turtle to ever be recorded. This species has survived for over 100 million years, but they are now facing extinction. The rising temperatures in the Atlantic beaches, as well as the surging sea levels affect their natural habitat.
The Pacific walruses are among the victims of the climate change. Walruses use floating ice to rest, birth, and nurse their calves. But since the Arctic is suffering from devastation due to climate change, the habitat of the Pacific walruses continues to shrink.
Mountain gorillas are considered by scientists to be critically endangered. Less than 700 mountain gorillas are believed to be surviving in the wild. There are 200 mountain gorillas at the Virunga National Park in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Bluefin Tuna is a large migratory fish found in the eastern and western Atlantic. The population of bluefin tuna continues to go down because they are being hunted to make the highest grade sushi. World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is encouraging restaurant owners to stop serving bluefin tuna, as well as to prohibit them from selling and buying this precious yet nearly-extinct fish.
The future of the giant panda is uncertain. The habitat of the giant panda has been greatly fragmented, which led to the significant decrease in their population. Luckily, over half of the natural habitat of giant panda has been restored and protected by several non-government organizations, as well as the WWF.
We all know that there’s only a handful of Javan rhinoceros in the wild today, with no thanks to the hunters and poachers. Also, the conversion of their natural habitat into farmland has greatly affected their population, which pushed them to the verge of extinction.