Endangered Species: Most Common Reasons Explained

It is no secret that the human race is a major factor in species becoming threatened, endangered, and even extinct.  People know the names for why this is happening, but that’s all they know, the name.

The sad truth is many people don’t know the full details in what is happening to the world’s beloved species. Habitat destruction, over exploitation, and introducing exotic species are the leading factors of species endangerment.

Here’s an explanation from EndangeredSpecie.com: The Rarest Info Around

Habitat Destruction:artmax_161

“Our planet is continually changing, causing habitats to be altered and modified. Natural changes tend to occur at a gradual pace, usually causing only a slight impact on individual species. However, when changes occur at a fast pace, there is little or no time for individual species to react and adjust to new circumstances. This can create disastrous results, and for this reason, rapid habitat loss is the primary cause of species endangerment. The strongest forces in rapid habitat loss are human beings. Nearly every region of the earth has been affected by human activity, particularly during this past century. The loss of microbes in soils that formerly supported tropical forests, the extinction of fish and various aquatic species in polluted habitats, and changes in global climate brought about by the release of greenhouse gases are all results of human activity.”

Introducing exotic species:

Known as "The vine that ate the south", forms dense mono-cultures that out compete native ground cover and forest trees. Can grow by up to one foot a day

Known as “The vine that ate the south”, forms dense mono-cultures that out compete native ground cover and forest trees. Can grow by up to one foot a day

“Native species are those plants and animals that are part of a specific geographic area, and have ordinarily been a part of that particular biological landscape for a lengthy period of time. They are well adapted to their local environment and are

accustomed to the presence of other native species within the same general habitat. Exotic species, however, are interlopers. These species are introduced into new environments by way of human activities, either intentionally or accidentally. These interlopers are viewed by the native species as foreign elements. They may cause no obvious problems and may eventually be considered as natural as any native species in the habitat. However, exotic species may also seriously disrupt delicate ecological balances and may produce a plethora of unintended yet harmful consequences.”

Over exploitation:

“A species that faces over exploitation is one that may become severely endangered or even extinct due to the rate in which the species is being used. Unrestricted whaling during the 20th century is an example of over exploitation, and the whaling industry brought many species of whales to extremely low population sizes. When several whale species were nearly extinct, a number of nations (including the United States) agreed to abide by an international moratorium on whaling. Due to this moratorium, some whale species, such as the grey whale, have made remarkable comebacks, while others remain threatened or endangered.”imagesDisease, pollution, and limited distribution are more factors that threaten various plant and animal species, further demonstrating how human activities lie at the root of most causes of endangerment.

The fact of the matter is, your children or grandchildren, may never see your favorite animal. Wake up people; make room for our wildlife, before it’s too late.

Save our animals around the world!

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