ANIMALS IN DANGER
What is the meaning of endangered? When we say some animal species are endangered it means that those animals may not exist in the future and there are a few of them living. Now, let’s look at the animals that are really endangered and if we don’t protect them they may not be seen anymore.
We all love pandas and know how much they are vulnerable. China is the country that is taking care of them and tries to keep their existence longer.
Tigers are another animal that is a risk of extinction. Their organs along with their beautiful skin make them a good candidate for hunting. Again China is a country that has banned its hunting altogether.
There are over 400 birds, thanks in large part to innovative breeding programs. Though a plan that involved transferring whooping crane eggs to the nests of related Sandhill cranes for fostering ultimately failed, captive rearing and reintroduction have established two wild populations in Florida, one of which has been taught to migrate to Wisconsin. Neither is self-sustaining. The only self-sustaining population migrates between Alberta, Canada, and Texas, U.S.
The blue whale is the largest animal on the planet, yet there are fewer than 25000 whales existing. The current population is thought to have been reduced by up to 90% by whaling in the 20th century.
Elephant’s ivory and meat have put them in great danger of extinction. Although they have smaller ivory comparing to the African elephants still their meat makes them a good option for being hunted.
The luxurious waterproof coat that insulates sea otters from the chilly waters that they inhabit almost led to its extinction. A target of the commercial fur trade, the species was almost wiped out, with only some 2,000 of an estimated 300,000 left by 1911. But after the ban of using the fur, their population started to rise up.
Probably fewer than 6,500 remain in the wild. The largest populations are in China and Mongolia, with significant populations in India and Kyrgyzstan as well. Its natural prey includes blue sheep and ibex, but in some areas, it is heavily dependent on domestic animals. The farmers who depend upon the animals shoot the “problem” leopards. Poaching still constitutes a major threat to the species, as does overhunting of its natural prey species.
There are probably only around 220,000 left in the wild. Habitat encroachment and poaching for bushmeat, trophies, and magical talismans have led to substantial losses. Their reproduction is quite slow. The female gives birth every four years, so any loss in their trait is disastrous.
Unlike other great apes, they are usually solitary or live in groups of fewer than three, making them difficult to track and study. But a study shows that there are fewer than 60000 of them existing.
Our planet should be a safe shelter for all creatures. Hope the list that we have for endangered animals gets smaller and smaller.