Children's Information on Endangered Animals
What is an Endangered Animal?
An endangered animal is one that is at risk of becoming extinct, which means no longer in existence. Dinosaurs are the largest group of animals to have ever become extinct, although the kinds of dinosaurs are quite diverse; others include; dodo birds, mammoths, and even some species of tigers.
Endangerment of animals is occurring more often due to being threatened by environmental changes, the destruction of habitat, the shortage of food supply, and being hunted. Many of these causes are preventable if more people were educated about the dangers of their habits.
Unfortunately, many areas that used to be home to a lot of animals, have been turned into places where humans now either live or go, such as a subdivision or mall. Other animals are being hunted by humans who are seeking money, not considering the long-term effects of their actions.
Fortunately, many laws are being enforced to help prevent complete extinction of many species. As with any law, there are people, known as poachers, who ignore these laws and will still kill animals for either their fur or meat. In order to best protect these animals, it is best to educate those of the dangers. Here are some beautiful animals that are at risk of becoming extinct and ways to help preserve the land they call home.
What Animals Are Endangered
Many Kinds of Tigers are Endangered Animals: There are nine different types of tigers. Three of these kinds are extinct. The Siberian Tiger is one that scientists are very concerned about, because they may become extinct in the immediate future, due to their few number left in the wild. There are so few, that they are classified as critically endangered. There is only one type of tiger that is more endangered than the Siberian Tiger, which is the South China Tiger.
The South China Tiger is one of the ten most endangered animals in the entire world according to china.org. There is believed to be only fifty-nine South China Tigers alive, and none live in their original habitat. This means they are extinct in the wild.
Bengal Tigers are another endangered animal, but unlike the South China Tiger, they still live in the wild. They believe that there is less than two thousand. That is less tigers than people who live in most cities.
Elephants are Endangered Animals.
There are two kinds of elephants, the African elephant and the Asian elephant. Both are endangered. There are believed to be around five-hundred-thousand African elephants in the wild. This may sound like a lot, but only twenty-five years ago, there were more than one million. The numbers are decreasing very quickly. That means in twenty-five years, half the elephants that lived, have died.
Asian elephants are even more endangered than African elephants. It is believed that there are less than 50,000 alive. This is only a tenth of the number of African elephants, due to the decreasing habitat and poachers.
Leatherback Sea Turtle
The Leatherback Sea Turtle is An Endangered Species
The leatherback sea turtle is the world's largest turtle, as well as the most endangered turtle. It became endangered because humans have taken their eggs as keepsakes. Many people find it neat when they find a turtle egg on the beach. Not realizing the consequence, they pick it up. Their ignorance is killing off an entire species. If you see eggs on the beach, feel free to take a picture, but leave the eggs alone.
Another reason they are dying is because turtles mistake plastic items as food, that is why it is important to never litter. Plastic can get into the ocean. When an animal sees something floating, they often assume it is an animal they can eat, this has the potential of poisoning, choking, or causing blockages in their intestines. Although both of these are real dangers, their decreasing numbers is in most part due to the loss of beaches where they can inhabit. The more beaches we humans have to swim on, the less there are for other creatures to live.
Leopards are Endangered Animals
There are at least nine different subspecies of leopards. Many of these are endangered; the most endangered being the amur leopards There are only forty left on this earth. They live in the same area as the Siberian tiger, which have also been effected by the decreasing habitat.
Because leopards are some of the most beautiful animals, with beautiful fur, people used to hunt them, which is the primary reason for the limited number left today. The number of amur leopards left have decreased the number so greatly, it has decreased the odds of the ones left to become pregnant, which is causing their population to decrease greatly.
The snow leopard is another leopard that is endangered. There are around five thousand snow leopards left on this Earth in the wild. A big problem for the snow leopard is that the animals they prey on are decreasing. As their food decreases, so does the number of surviving snow leopards.
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What Can You Do To Help Endangered Animals
The biggest thing we can do to help endangered animals is to take care of our world. Maybe tigers and leopards don't live where you do, but many animals do. They need protection, just like other animals do. There are many ways that we can protect animals by taking care of our own environment.
Recycle: We need to make sure that we are recycling plastic, tin, and paper, so that we don't use our world's natural resources. Every time paper is made or a bottle is made, resources from our Earth are being used. Some of these resources are found where animals live, and to get to them, we need to disrupt their habitat. By making sure we reduce, reuse, recycle, we allow places where endangered animals live to be protected from being destroyed.
Reduce: By reducing what you use, you can also protect our Earth. One way to do this is, instead of writing on one side of a paper, write on both sides. Also, when you leave a room, reduce the energy you are using by turning off the lights.
Reuse: We should also choose items that can be reused, like a reusable water bottle, rather than prepackaged water bottles. By using reusable containers for our water, rather than buying bottled water, we prevent many of our resources from being used up. Another example is use a towel, rather than paper towels.
Plant a Tree: Many animals use trees for shelter, protection, or even food. All big trees began as small trees. The only way to assure there are going to be big trees in the future is if there are small trees today. You can achieve this by planting trees in your neighborhood.
Join an Adopt An Animal Program: There are many endangered animals in this world; there are also a lot of organizations that help these animals. Many of these organizations allow you to adopt an animal. They won't come to live with you, but you will receive a picture and information on your animal, as well as occasional updates. It does cost money, so you'll have to discuss this with your parents, but that money will be used to find better habitats for that animal, as well as fund research for ways to help that animal thrive in the wild. Worldwildlife.org is one place where you can find animals to adopt.
Be creative, there are hundreds of ways that you can protect our earth. Feel free to share some of your ideas.
Chundawat, R. S., Khan, J. A., Mallon, D. P. (2011). "Panthera tigris tigris". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/136899.
Mosbacker, Linda. http://www.uen.org/utahlink/activities/view_activity.cgi?activity_id=3819.
© 2012 Angela Michelle Schultz