Everyone knows that there are loads of endangered animals out there but did you realize that is Five Most Endangered Species are probably some of your favorite animals? The giant panda, the polar bear and the tiger are all in the top ten of the most endangered animals in the world and they need to be protected.
- Studies and the WWF (World Wildlife Federation) have estimated there to be as few as 3,200 tigers left in the wild. If this is the case then it means the numbers of the world’s biggest cat have dropped by 95% in the last 100 years. Poaching and deforestation are the culprits for such a drastic downfall in numbers and if it carries on, it won’t be long until there are no wild tigers left in the world.
- Polar bears were one of the first species to be threatened by climate change. Climate change affected them so badly because it leads to the destruction of their habitat and it is predicted that they will become extinct within the century if Arctic temperatures continue to rise at the same rate that they have been.
- The Pacific walrus is next on the list and they are another species that have suffered due to climate change. The Pacific walrus uses floating ice as a place to rest, give birth and nurse their calves as well as somewhere to protect themselves from predators, however, as the temperatures in the Arctic have risen the quantity of floating ice has decreased dramatically. In fact, it has decreased so much that in 2009 the Pacific walrus was placed on the Endangered Species Act in the US.
- The Magellanic penguins have always been in danger because of oil spills near their habitat but recently they’ve had even more to worry about. Global warming has obviously increased the temperature of the seas which has consequently meant that fish have moved locations so penguins now have to travel much further to find their food.
- The leatherback turtle is the biggest of the marine turtles and has been around for over 100 million years! However, there are now estimated to be only around 2,300 adult females in the pacific. Although the Atlantic turtles are said to be stable for now, experts have predicted a sharp decline in their numbers too because of fishing fleets catching them in their nets where they eventually die.