Pictures Of Endangered Animals
Human activities have caused the extinction of around 500 species of animals, most of them in the 21st century. Presently there are more than 5000 endangered animals and every year at least on species of these endangered animals dies out. This number is growing rapidly, and some animals become endangered even without anyone realizing. The value of these animal species is very important as some attract tourists while others are responsible for a variety of vital medications. Your first step towards saving these animals is to know as much as possible about them. Below are some of the most endangered animal species around the world.
Greater Horseshoe Bat and Siberian Tiger
In Britain, there are 14 species of bat and all of them are endangered. One of the rarest bats in Britain is the Greater horseshoe. Currently there are 369 hibernation sites and 35 recognized maternity and all-year roots. It is estimated that the number of this type of bat ranges between 4,000 and 6,600. The bats have suffered from the use of insecticides. Insecticides are poisonous chemicals, which are sprayed on crops to kill the harmful insects. This has deprived these bats their source of food, the insects. Siberian tigers have been highly endangered, and there are less than 200 of them in the wild, most likely in special nature reserves. The main cause of Siberian tiger’s extinction is poaching. These animals are hunted, and when killed, the poacher can feed his family for many days from the proceeds of only one Siberian Tiger killed.
Turtle and White Tailed Fish Eagle
Loggerhead turtle is a threatened reptile, which is found in the Mediterranean as well as Atlantic Ocean and the Black Sea. This turtle was once severely hunted for their eggs and meat. Its fat was also used in the expanding cosmetic industry. A lot of these animals, which are caught on the crab fisher’s nets die annually. In Turkey many hotels have been built directly on their breeding sites. The number of white tailed fish eagle was very high before human beings started experimenting with the use of pheromones as compared to today. Gamekeepers and shepherds have also hunted these animals because they consider them as a threat to their domesticated animals like sheep and birds. The population of white tailed fish eagle has been recovered in Eastern Europe with intense conservation efforts. Their recovery plans aimed at inhabiting some traditional breeding areas in the country.
Mandarin Duck and Jackass Penguin
Mandarin ducks can be spotted in Britain; however their native home is across Eastern Asia, China, Russia, Japan and Korea. Its worldwide population is not known, but the current Asian population is around 20,000. These birds extinction is mainly caused by poachers, hunters and Loggers. Known predators are raccoon dogs, mink, otters, eagle owls, polecats and grass snakes. The Jackass penguin was once the most common sea-bird in South Africa and the only penguin found in Africa. These African penguins have been very vulnerable to human degradation since they live far north and in easily accessible regions. Due to decrease in the food supply, seals have been preying on the penguins instead. There eggs have been taken for food while oil pollution also threatens their survival.
Lion tailed macaque live in several areas in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. Many of the tropical forests in India which have been the natural habitat for these monkeys have been cleared and replaced with coffee and tea plantations. Currently the main threat to lion-tailed macaque is destruction of their habitat. Baby macaques have been capture by poachers who often kill their parents in the process and export it illegally to collectors. Mountain Gorilla is considered as the most endangered monkey with around 400 of them left in the wild. They have been hunted for their fur and flesh. The only of these highly endangered mountain gorillas are the Vurunga volcanoes region in Zaire, Uganda and Rwanda. These apes are frequently killed by snares and traps intended for other animals. They also face their habitat loss and are very vulnerable to some of the diseases which affect human beings. This is because gorillas and humans are 98% genetically identical. The gorillas depend on the dense forests for their survival; however, the forests are continuously being cut down to make way for livestock grazing and crop growing. Mountain gorillas are the most endangered species of the gorilla subspecies and only around 700 of them remain in the wild.
Numbat and Black Footed Ferret
Numbat inhabits woodlands in Western Australia, and it is the only state in which this animal species is found in the wild. This animal is now facing extinction. It is surviving in the wild only in some areas in the Southwest corner in Australia. The introduction of predatory animals like cats, foxes and dogs by human beings has been the cause of their endangerment as these animals prey on numbats. There has been a tremendous decline in their numbers since the areas where they live are being cleared for mining and farming. The black footed ferret is one of the most endangered mammals found in North America, and it is one animal which is on the edge of extinction in the wild. The primary reason why this animal is on the brink of extinction is loss of habitat. Its remaining prairie dog colonies are very small and fragmented and separated by huge expanses of human development and cropland. Biologists have been aiming at establishing more ferrets in the wild with not less than 30 breeding adults in every population.
India has some of nature’s best gifts. The tall Indian forests and grasslands in the foothill of the Himalayas are the main habitat of the one-horned Rhinoceros. They are mainly found in the Kaziranga with a population of less than 1200. The-one horned rhino can be spotted in Orang and Manas national park of Assam. The one horned rhino is hunted mainly for its horn. The Indian elephant is one of the subspecies of Asiatic elephant. They look like the African elephant, but their ears and tusks are shorter. They have been considered as endangered species. The Indian elephant has a tendency of changing its habitat due to its nomadic nature. They are in great danger from excessive poachers who kill them to get their tusks. The loss of habitat and genetic diversity is also making them extinct.
Snow Leopard and wild water Buffalo
Snow leopards are found in places with an altitude of over 3200m in the Himalayan regions in Northern India such as Kashmir, Jammu, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. These animals are always hunted for their good looking fur and the bones are used in oriental medicines. Some people also kill them because they consider them predators of their livestock. The wild water buffalo, which is a bovine animal, is one of the endangered species in India, and their number is around 4000. They can be found in Kaziranga national park and Chattisgarh. They have been in danger due to their crossbreeding with domestic buffalos and also due to the destruction of their natural habitat.
Hoolock Gibbon and Ganges River Dolphin
Hoolock gibbon is the only ape which is found in India. They are also known as white browned gibbon due to their white brows. They are mainly found in tropical evergreen forest, mountain forest and semi and sub tropical forests such as Manas and Assam wildlife sanctuaries and Kaziranga National Park. They have been under threat because of hunting for their flesh, timber cutting and cultivation. The river dolphins are aquatic mammals and are found in India in the rivers Brahmaputra, Ganges and their tributaries. They are also an endangered species which are estimated to be around 2000 in India. The major causes of their reduction in population are poaching, fishing, damming, sand mining, oil extraction and deforestation.
The Siamese crocodiles are freshwater crocodiles usually found in Thailand, East Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Burma, Laos, Brunei and Cambodia. The skin of this animal is one of the most valuable reptile hides which has small to medium scale size with no bony bumps or osteoderms. It is a lizard-like wild animal which prefer to live in slow moving waters like rivers, lakes and swamps. The Siamese freshwater crocodiles eat fish and catch amphibians, frogs, snakes, insects, small mammals and other small prey species. In many of these regions, the Siamese crocodile has been considered as an endangered species. They are now vanishing in an alarming rate due to habitat loss and excessive hunting. One of the main reasons why these crocodiles should be taken care of is because they have valuable materials, which can be used for medicinal purposes.
Travelers who are driving along US highways like Key West in Florida regularly spot the smallest species of North American white-tailed deer. It is the key deer which has cute equal parts, diminutive and cuddly. The tiny road side grazers were one of the most endangered animal species in the US ecosystem, and their number dwindled to just a couple dozen. However, their population has in creased and it is now more stable and travelers normally come across baby-bambis when their vehicles passes near these deer’s preferred mangroves. Anyone who wants to see these beautiful animals should keep a sharp eye through out their journey.
Even though, the numbers of Florida manatee has diminished in many areas in the US, sea cows’ were once mistaken by sailors as mermaids. They normally hang around water ways moving up and down on the East Coast. In Florida, the manatees are always migrating, slowly moving on the shallows from the Everglades, to Miami’s Biscayne Bay to inland rivers. The mates were historically hunted for their oil and flesh; today they are threatened by increasing conflict with motor watercraft and coastal development. However, their numbers are stabilizing gradually.
How to help in preserving the endangered animals
The list of animals facing extinction is getting larger every year. Some conservatives have estimated that almost 40% of all the animal species are in the verge of having ecological extinction. The traditional wetlands are being cleared to find a new place to grow plantations, and the cities are also growing in an alarming rate. This has a tremendous negative effect on the lives of several plants and animals. Animals like pandas, polar bear and even Indian tigers that were once proud heritage of natural habitat have been affected by these activities. Below are some ideas which can help in saving the endangered animals and wildlife for future.
Spreading the Awareness
The first thing one should do help in preserving these animals facing extinction is by creating awareness about such animals. You can get the list of the animal at risk on the internet, brainstorm with friends, relative and children and discuss the fate of the animals which might not survive if drastic and collective actions and efforts are not made.
Wildlife protection and feeding initiative
Wildlife protection initiatives can be started anywhere around the world and even in your area too. Get information on different plants and animals in the area which might be at risk. Arranging feeding programs can be a great way of being part of the conservation initiative. During such projects, you can do simple tasks such as making bird baths, bird feeders and clean environment and the animal’s habitat off human wastes like plastic bottles, which are non bio-gradable.
Join hands with worthy organizations
Collective efforts and social actions can be undertaken for protection of these animal species which are in danger. You can start a campaign for signatures and even start or change a piece of legislation. You can be a part of global organizations like Greenpeace and WWF whose main objective is to protect natural plants and animals from negative human impact. Avoid purchasing products and materials which might interfere with these endangered animals.
Global Warming and Endangered Species video! (pics)
this is a video of everything that is going on in our world….. from Global Warming to Endangered Species…. every animal you see is endangered, critically endangered, might become endangered.. so please watch this video i know it may have only pictures but it still has a meaning…. please help this world.. with your help u can save the animals
Endangered Animals – Help!
Pictures of endangered animals with the song Help! by The Beatles. It’s really sad that all of these beautiful animals are endangered and soon may be gone forever if we don’t help them. #89 – Top Favorites (Today) – Pets & Animals #78 – Top Rated (Today) – Pets & Animals *I don’t own the song or any of the pictures used in this video. No copyright infringement intended.*
ophelia, endangered species
pictures of endangered animals set to the song Ophelia by The Band. I made it because I like the song and was bored. Since the song is about wondering where this chick Ophelia has gone to, endangered species seemed like a good theme since I kinda wonder where those animals have gone to, there are a lot of endangered species, there are few if any repeats of pictures in this video, and there were a fair number of species that I left out of the video. so it is not just the whales that need saving.
Pictures of Endangered Animals
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