Children's Information on Endangered Animals

Updated on March 23, 2018
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Angela, an animal lover, has a passion for learning and understanding God's creatures. As a born teacher she enjoys sharing her knowledge.

Asian Elephants are the most endangered elephants.
Asian Elephants are the most endangered elephants. | Source

What Is an Endangered Animal?

An endangered animal is one that is at risk of becoming extinct or t risk of no longer being in existence. Dinosaurs are the largest group of animals to have ever become extinct. Other creatures to have become extinct are dodo birds, mammoths, and saber toothed cat.

Endangerment of animals is occurring at an alarming rate due to 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 spend time, 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 them and will still kill animals for either their fur or meat. Here are some beautiful animals that are at risk of becoming extinct and ways to help preserve the land they call home.

Siberian Tiger

A Siberian Tiger is a critically endangered animal, which means that they are in danger of becoming extinct in the immediate future.
A Siberian Tiger is a critically endangered animal, which means that they are in danger of becoming extinct in the immediate future. | Source

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 very protective of their young. This is one thing that helps them survive despite their decreasing numbers.
Elephants are very protective of their young. This is one thing that helps them survive despite their decreasing numbers. | Source

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

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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.

Snow Leopards

Snow leopards are very beautiful animals. Unfortunately, their beauty has caused poachers to hunt them.
Snow leopards are very beautiful animals. Unfortunately, their beauty has caused poachers to hunt them. | Source

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.

Citations

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.

http://www.allaboutwildlife.com/ten-most-endangered-animals.

Questions & Answers

  • What are endangered animals?

    There are seven different stages of concern for animals. Beginning with those considered "least concern" and ending with "extinct" The other stages go in order from:

    1. LC - least concern

    2. NT - near threatened

    3. VU - vulnerable

    4. EN - endangered

    5. CE - critically endangered

    6. EW - extinct in the wild

    7. EX - extinct

    Some ratings include a conservation dependent between least concern and near threatened. Another status is Data Deficient for animals they are unsure of the population. The rating is based on data they gather on how likely they could become extinct in the future.

  • How can I help to save endangered animals?

    The biggest thing that we all can do is to protect the environment around us. Of course, you know of "reduce, reuse, recycle," but also stop consuming as much as well. The less we consume, the less that will be used. We do not need all the stuff we have, and the more we have, the more resources are needed to create, construct, sell, and store those items. Also, be mindful of what we do consume. This includes clothes, water, household items, etc.

    We also can help them by donating money to or visiting wild animal refuges, which fund the preservation of these animals.

    Try to minimize the use of things that kill wildlife, such as pesticides.

    Also, stay educated on which animals are endangered, and seek information on how to help that particular animal. Some programs such as "adopt an animal" programs are great. There are other ways which are unique to individual species.

  • How many tigers are left in the world?

    According to worldwildlife.com, there are 3,890 tigers. They are considered endangered, but fortunately are on the rise.

  • How many markhors are left?

    In 2015, they went from being "endangered" to being "near threatened," because they only had 5,754 mature adults in the wild. They are increasing, so hopefully the next time they do their evaluation, we will find that they have grown out of the near threatened status according to ICUN.

© 2012 Angela Michelle Schultz

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      Anuradha devi 

      11 days ago

      Endangered animals are very important all cycle s in environment

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      7 weeks ago

      We should not kill animals to satisfy our extra demands.I am really angry with my own race for their brutality.

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      2 months ago

      These animals are indangered because of man kind killing taking away their food it's not right

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      We must support to the wildlife group

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      2 months ago

      i love panthers

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      2 months ago

      Very knowledgeable angela

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      5 months ago

      Don't give up

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      5 months ago

      You can save them so let's do it

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      7 months ago

      I am curently fighting for all cats around the world but still people pouch them

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      8 months ago

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      8 months ago

      I am deeply concerned and hope to change the population of all endangered species. I am willing to help even if i have to fight for it.

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      9 months ago

      We need to protect the endangered animals.

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      9 months ago

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      10 months ago

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      10 months ago

      Yes,I realized that how important to save endangered species. I think it is our duty to save them,protect them for our future generation.

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      11 months ago

      We need to protect animals

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      11 months ago

      I'm using this information for a project and it made realize even how important it is to save endangered species. So lets make a change and help save these beautiful creatures who need us.

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      11 months ago

      I think we must protect these endangered animals.If we don't protect them ;our future generations can't be see them.We think it is our duty to protect them.

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      rakshna 

      11 months ago

      if you do not know to conserve . please do not disturb them

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      12 months ago

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      13 months ago

      This info not just really helpful but true we do need help the animals from being extincted. The animals have food chain they eat one animal after another if the animal is extincted its stops the food chain and the animals will end up eating a different animal and they already have enough animals eating them it can cause the animal to be extincted.

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      13 months ago

      Thank you for your information. This will help me with my activity in school. Many people will be aware of the endangered animals around the world and will understand that killing animals is not good.

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      14 months ago

      Thanks to the information i finish the activity and learn more about the animals and please save animals

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      15 months ago

      I love animals . I request all to save anmail not kill them

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      18 months ago

      I raelly love your tigers

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      Did u study animals

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      ratnaveera 

      4 years ago from Cumbum

      Very interesting Hub! Great definition for the endangered animals and reasons for they have become endangered ones. Good list of endangered animals with nice photos. It would be really helpful for the science students. Thanks a lot for this informative article. Best Wishes! angela_michelle !

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      6 years ago from United States

      Thank you.

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      6 years ago

      Yes it is easy to understand and children will love the pictures too. I like the help part also. It makes the children aware that they can do something to prevent the extinction of animals. Voted up and more.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      6 years ago from United States

      A Schwartz and jimmythejock, I'm so glad that this hub could be put to good use.

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      6 years ago from Scotland

      The timing of this Hub couldn't be better, my 11 year old son is doing this at school and keeps asking me questions about endangered animals to which I don't know the answers. I will be swnding him to this Hub from now on. thanks for Sharing.....jimmy

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      6 years ago from Kentucky

      Saving this one to show to my son. Thanks!

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      6 years ago from United States

      Yes, indeed they are. Thank you very much for the great compliment.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I didn't realize the elephant was on the endangered list. Your ideas on helping to sustain their life through recycling is wonderful. Great hub and children would benefit from this knowledge.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      6 years ago from United States

      Thank you so much!

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      Claire 

      6 years ago

      A really good child friendly hub about a very important topic. Well done!

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      6 years ago from United States

      Thank you so much.

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      6 years ago from Idaho

      I love how you wrote this in a way children will understand the topic of endangered animals. What a wonderful article! I love your tips about what we can do to help. Voted up.

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