Endangered Animals Are Endangered Species

1411 Words Nov 20th, 2014 6 Pages
Not many people know about endangered animals or what makes them endangered. Animals have been endangered and going extinct for over 635 million years. Although extinction is a natural phenomenon, it occurs at a natural “background” rate of about one to five species per year. Scientists estimate that we’re now losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 times the background rate, with dozens going extinct every day. As many as 30 to 50 percent of all species could possibly be heading toward extinction by mid-century. People need to know about why animals are endangered, who protects them, and what we can do to help. According to the IUCN red list over 44,838 species are endangered and 16,928 are threatened with extinction. There are still millions of animals that have not yet been discovered, so the numbers of endangered animals are greatly larger than what has been estimated. The list of endangered animals includes one in four mammals, one in eight birds, and one third of all amphibians. Extinction is a part of evolution, but it has been occurring faster than it should. Endangered animals are located all over the world. In North America, there are over 1,261 endangered species. In South America, there are well over 5,000 endangered species, the main being the chestnut bellied hummingbird and they are listed as critically endangered. In the Antarctic, there are 63 endangered species, including the blue whale, and they are also listed as critically endangered. There are many…

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