Currently more than 31,000 animal species are threatened with extinction which means 27% of all assessed species. There are many causes why these beautiful creatures are at risk, some of them being habitat loss, poaching, climate change or loss of genetic variation.
At the moment the main cause of extinction is habitat loss. Some of the most common industries created by humans are causing the biggest land ‘clearings’ in the World. Due to industries like construction, lumber, petroleum, livestock and plant agriculture, pieces of land like the Amazon Rainforest of South America are rapidly disappearing. These lands are home to hundreds of animal species, and they have nowhere else to go.
But don’t forget, extinction can happen naturally as well, without the involvement of humans. Just think of dinosaurs. Because of the impact of an asteroid the climate on Earth changed and dinosaurs were unable to adapt so they became endangered, then extinct.
However, that doesn’t mean that we should watch how these species are becoming more and more endangered. Starting with small steps we can make a massive change. By researching the origin of the products we buy, growing native plants, buying from local small businesses or walking instead of driving to our destination we can save these animals from extinction.
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