Little by little and gradually there have been number of animal species that are becoming extinct while some other species are at the threshold of extinction. While discussing about the term, “endangered”, it makes you think about so many exquisite animals and plants species that are slowly vanishing out. Some reports also advocate that all the species that currently exist on earth be deemed endangered species because of the grave environmental risk and animal cruelty that is mounting at a disturbing rate.
Conservationists and scientists warn that the plants and animals are on their last legs at present as they are disappearing from the natural ecosystem at a rapid pace due to some or the other grave reasons. Their rate of extinction is also a matter of concern. It is said that if the rate at which the species are vanishing and the extent of animal cruelty remains at the present level then it is likely that more and more species will be extinct by the turn of this century. As all plants and animals are interrelated in an ecosystem so extinction of one species will lead to extinction of several other species.
It is high time, people must be aware about some of species that are on the verge of extinction and the cause of their extinction. Let’s discuss about some of the species that have been pushed to the brink of extinction.
Siberian Tigers are considered Critically Endangered with the Chinese and Korean populations nearly extinct. Currently they have reduced to less the 200. It has also been estimated that on earth, tigers have lessened to an extent of 7 percent. Not enough efforts are done to get back the Siberian tigers’ population to normalcy. However, tigers since long have been chosen as national symbols for many countries. Right now, animal rights activist have become vigilant of this impending issue.
The Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) is a leopard subspecies that is classed as Critically Endangered. It is native to the southwestern Primorye region of Russia. Amur or Far Eastern leopard is world's most endangered cat with as few as 25 to 34 left in the wild. Amur leopard’s habitats are continuously threatened by encroaching civilization, exploitation of forests, poaching, climate change, and new roads.
Northern Right Whale
Nothern Right Whale numbers around 350 that travel across the Atlantic coasts of Canada and the US. They are the most endangered of the entire world’s whale species. These whales are still living but there is a growing concern that they are continuously being hunted to the level of extinction. The two greatest threats to their recovery are the entanglement in fixed fishing gear and vessel strikes. They are protected under US animal rights, the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and the U.S. Endangered Species Act of 1973.
Leatherback Sea Turtle
Leatherback Turtle have survived catastrophic asteroid impacts and outlived the dinosaurs. They are the longest-living marine species to ever ply the world's oceans. Scientists question whether the animal will survive into the next decade, as this one of the largest turtle species in the world, is subjected to animal cruelty. Their numbers have declined in excess of 95 percent over the last 22 years. This beautiful species has been pushed to the verge of extinction by large-scale hunting and poaching of sea turtle eggs. Animal rights activist have been on guard of the looming concern.
There are so many beautiful animal species living on planet earth. However, due to mindless activities on we human being most of them are on the verge of extinction. We are responsible for this remorseful state. All forms of animal cruelties and devastation of nature’s ecology can be brought to an end with strict enforcement of laws and developing awareness among people of these alarming issues.