Why Animals Become Endangered
There are many reasons why animals become endangered. Mostly it is because human encroach and destroy their homes. Animals evolved in an ecosystem. They are intimately tied to this ecosystem. They control the population of the creatures or plants that they consume and they, in turn, are often consumed by other predators. This is a profound, yet delicate balance. When humans get involves, we tend to throw the entire balance off completely, often resulting in the deaths of associated species. Examples of human involvement in the environment include deforestation, pollution, and direct animal hunting.
Animals can be listed as threatened, endangered or extinct. There are 5689 species listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, which can be found at http://www.iucnredlist.org. The species that are most at risk for extinction are the ones that require a very specific environment in which to live. The following animal species was taken from the Defenders of Wildlife site and are listed as at risk and this is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak:
Alaska Gray Wolf
Cook Inlet Beluga Whale
Florida Black Bear
North Atlantic Right Whale
Northern Rockies Gray Wolf
What is being done?
There are many people in the world that are concerned with the trend of extinction and species endangerment. They have organized into groups and associations in order to combat this trend. This organization gives these people more power to change international and national policy and laws. Species are actively protected and conservations, sanctuaries and protected areas are being set up. Education is another very important issue. People must be informed and made aware of the problem or attitudes cannot be changed.
Often this issue can be controversial, especially in regards to predators. Farmers and producers kill predators to protect their flock and herd animals. A balance must be struck between protecting the farm animals and the predators.
If you are interested in fighting against animal species extinction, donating time and or money to charities that help endangered animals is an excellent option.