By Valerie LaRiviere
Don’t expect to see a dodo bird, giant lemur or Caspian tiger while taking a trip through various continents in our world. Unfortunately, these animals are passt the point of endangerment … they are extinct.
They are just three of the 100 animals that scientists believe go extinct every single day. They will never fly, crawl or roam on Earth again.
Endangered and threatened animals need our help in order to survive and continue to live here on Earth.
The Passenger Pigeons and Great Auks were commonly hunted for their meat. Hunters are the reason they no longer perch in trees and their birdcalls remain silent.
Similar to these birds, Steller’s sea cows, a larger relative of the well-known manatee, died out due to poachers using them for food, their skin for boats and their oil for lamps. While there was a possible sighting in 2007 of the Baiji White Dolphin in China’s Yangtze River, they continue to be functionally extinct. This means they are beyond making a comeback.
Due to the increasing number of endangered animals within our world, a level system has been devised in order to help protect various species. The threat levels, from highest to lowest need, are critically endangered, endangered, threatened, near threatened and vulnerable.
In the United States, a person may create a petition to be signed and reviewed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. From there, further research will be conducted. The Endangered Species Act helps to protect endangered species, making it illegal to hunt these animals and take them out of their natural habitat. They also try to create recovery plans for the species, too. More....