The Sad Reality About Earths Animals

Karina Benjamin, Staff Writer

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Many of the most fascinating and beloved animals are going extinct due to human impact on the environment. All the animals in this list could or have gone extinct within our lifetime if we don’t change how we treat the environment and the animals that exist in it.


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  • Deforestation and construction have destroyed 45% of their habitat in the last 10 years, but they have lost 93% of their historical habitat. There are only about 3,200 Tigers left. There are more tigers in captivity then exist in the wild.

    Derrick Brutel

  • The adorable quokkas are native to islands off the coast of Australia. They are very friendly marsupials and face extinction because of logging and agricultural development.

    Holgi on Pixabay

  • Polar Bears are vulnerable because of the dramatic change in their habitat. With the dramatic increase in temperature and the ice caps melting, they are seeing a huge decrease in their habitat.

    Alan D. Wilson

  • The okapi is closely related to the giraffe. Their habitats are declining from logging and human settlement. The Okapi is already extinct in Uganda and conflicts in other areas they live make it had for conservation efforts to be effective.

    Raul654 on Wikimedia Commons

  • If you have watched the movie Rio the Spix’s Macaw is the bird that the movie is based on. These beautiful birds are now extinct in the wild, however, there are still a few left in captivity but soon this bird will just be a memory from Rio.

    christels on pixabay

  • The Japanese river otters were hunted from around 1870 and then due to increased development and pollution, their habitats were destroyed and the rivers polluted with chemicals, destroying their food sources, pushing them to hunt in more dangerous waters. The last official sighting for a Japanese River Otter was in 1979.

    Bamse on Wikimedia Commons

  • Asian Elephants are the largest living land animals in Asia. In the past 60-75 years, 50% of their population has disappeared due to loss of habitat, habitat degradation, and poaching.

    Yathin sk on Wikimedia Commons

  • We all know how important bees are to our ecosystem, the number of bees has been declining rapidly because of insecticides, herbicides, and global warming. Ten percent of European bees face extinction and half of the bees are expected to be endangered in the near future.

    woodypino on Pixabay

  • The population of black rhino numbers dropped by 98% between 1960 and 1995. Conservation efforts have helped the population but they are still considered critically endangered because of poaching and black market trading of rhino horns.

    Charles J Sharp

  • The black footed ferret is native to central North America, including Colorado. Declining prairie dog populations led to a decline in their population, at one point they were considered extinct in the wild but with lots of conservation efforts they were reintroduced and now there are roughly 1000 in the wild.

    J. Michael Lockhart